Even Better then Maxtor:
Silicon Image Promotes External SATA for Storage in Consumer Electronics Applications
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Image, Inc. , a leader in multi-gigabit semiconductor solutions for the secure transmission and storage of rich digital media, today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show the availability of the SteelVineTM storage architecture and a technology demonstration of a plug and play storage device working with Scientific Atlanta's Explorer(R) 8300HD DVR set-top boxes. Devices built utilizing Silicon Image's SteelVine architecture enable consumers to leverage the external Serial ATA standard recently finalized by the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) for simple, reliable, scalable and affordable DVR storage expansion.
"Scientific-Atlanta has worked with Silicon Image to evaluate their new SteelVine technology with our Explorer 8300HD," said Dave Clark, director of product strategy and management for the Home Entertainment Division at Scientific-Atlanta. "When coupled with the Explorer 8300HD, devices utilizing this new solution provide consumers with even more content storage -- up to 225 additional hours of HD video -- while providing on-demand access to this content, anytime."
"The HD DVR customer wants more recording time and the assurance that their content is always available," said Steve Tirado, president of Silicon Image's Storage Division. "Previous storage solutions were limited to a single disk drive, which provides limited recording capacity. Simply adding more unprotected disk drives not only complicates the system but also puts customers at greater risk of disk drive failures. SteelVine provides a truly scalable, reliable storage solution that is both affordable and easy to use."
HD content requires more than six times the hard disk drive capacity of standard definition programming. Other multi-drive solutions are available, but they are expensive and complicated to set-up and use. SteelVine represents an affordable, plug and play storage appliance specifically architected for the living room.
Innovative Storage Architecture
Silicon Image's first system-on-a-chip (SOC) implementation of the SteelVine architecture applies the performance and data reliability benefits of Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) to home storage in a simple, easy-to-use manner. SteelVine requires no special drivers or loading and configuring of software. The interface to a DVR or other source device looks like a single SATA disk drive, even though the power, intelligence and capacity of a full RAID disk array sits behind this powerful chip.
SteelVine has been implemented in Silicon Image's SV2000 storage appliance supporting up to two terabytes of storage capacity. To purchase the SV2000, please visit http://www.bellmicro.com/