Read Channel License Agreement with Hitachi Enables Infineon to Offer Advanced Silicon Chip Solutions for Hard Disk Drives
We are very pleased about this technology licensing agreement with Hitachi GST, said Sandro Cerato, General Manager and Vice President, ASIC and Design Solutions unit at Infineon Technologies AG. The performance and cost competitiveness of Hitachis read channel, combined with Infineons ASIC design and manufacturing expertise, represents an incredible value proposition for our customers that will strengthen Infineons position as a supplier to hard drive manufactuers.
The Hitachi read channel technology performs at data rates up to 1.8 Gbit/s using Infineon's advanced 0.13 micron process and supports advanced features such as perpendicular recording. The silicon has been proven in previous generation implementations that are currently in production in both SoC and stand-alone read channel configurations. Samples of 2.4 Gbit/s technology will be available with Infineons 90 nanometer process in the mid of 2005.
Hitachi GST was founded in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of the storage technology businesses of Hitachi and IBM. Hitachi GST offers customers worldwide the most comprehensive range of storage products for desktop computers, high-performance servers and mobile devices. The company regularly delivers technology advancements that boost the feature set and performance characteristics of its hard drives.
The development of this read channel technology further demonstrates Hitachis innovative spirit and engineering expertise, said Steven Smith, Senior Director & Deputy General Manager, Advanced and Common Technology Development, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Infineon has demonstrated leadership in silicon integration and we are pleased to have signed this license agreement with them.
In January, 2004, the two companies announced that Hitachi GST had selected Infineon chips to enable 3 Gbit/s Native SATA (Serial ATA) capabilities in future versions of its Deskstar hard disk drives.
Today, customers require solutions with increased performance, lower cost and a higher level of integration. The availability of Hitachi read channel technology will allow Infineon to offer the complete SoC solution and confirm the Infineon commitment to the HDD business, stated Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Automotive and Industrial business group at Infineon Technologies AG.
Using the flexibility of Infineon's 0.13 micron process, new generation chips from the Infineon ASIC and Design Solutions Group can be manufactured worldwide in multiple fabs, allowing customers additional supply-chain flexibility and opportunity to expand. This is a very important value proposition in the hard drive industry, especially for high-volume applications like mobile, consumer and desktop PCs. Fabs currently offering Infineon's 0.13 micron technology include Altis Semiconductor in France, a joint venture operated with IBM, Infineon's Dresden fab in Germany, and UMC in Taiwan.