Sunnyvale, Calif.PLX Technology Inc. has announced the OXUF943SE, a direct attached storage (DAS) controller that is suited for the portable external storage market.
According to PLX, the OXUF943SE offers up to 70 percent better performance while using less than 50 percent of the power of competitive solutions.
The PLX OXUF943SE features flexible encryption capabilities, ensuring data protection against theft or loss. The OXUF943SE offers an embedded 3GHz SATA II host interface along with integrated USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 high-speed connectivity, enabling designers to create products with a minimal number of external components and a lower overall cost. These built-in, high-performance serial connections are backward-compatible with their previous generations, and system-ready for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Low power of 293mW is achieved through PLX's combination of unique chip architecture and advanced firmware solutions. The OXUF943SE, optimized for bus-powered applications, supports a number of power-saving modes, including SATA Interface Power Management (IPM), which allows additional power saving when connected to hard disk drives that also support IPM. This aligns with a key trend in external storage to move towards portable hard drives which require no power supply as they draw their power from the host PC over the USB or FireWire data cable.
PLX integrated a high-throughput cipher engine into the OXUF943SE that provides real-time encryption and decryption capabilities to the Advanced Encryption Standard in the hardware with no loading on the host platform. In addition, the OXUF943SE is complemented by PLX security solutions, including a host application to define and manage user authentication, and the mounting/unmounting of the external drive.
The OXUF943SE is housed in a small 100-pin, 14mm x 14mm LQFP package.
Pricing: The OXUF943SE is $6.00 in 10K-unit quantities.
Availability: General sampling and be in full production in September 2009.
Datasheet: click here.
PLX Technology Inc., www.plxtech.com