LSI has declared that it has demonstrated the TrueStore RC5100, a first-of-its-kind 28 nm read channel, to OEM customers producing hard disk drives (HDD).
The RC5100’s novel low-density parity check (LDPC) iterative decoding design facilitates HDD producers to attain higher yield, augmented areal density and minimal power usage for HDDs. The magnetically encoded data present in the hard disk drive is translated by a read channel into electronic signals that can be recognized by the host computer.
LSI has designed theTrueStore RC5100 read channel to support enterprise, desktop and notebook HDDs. It complements minimal power management aspects, which are vital in minimizing energy expenditures in datacenters and lengthening battery life in notebooks. It is also compatible with sophisticated technologies like shingled magnetic recording, an important technology for obtaining future-generation areal density points.
The 28-nm read channel is the latest member of the LSI TrueStore portfolio of integrated circuits for tape, solid-state disk hard disk devices such as hard disk drive controller IP, serial PHYs, preamplifiers, read channels and highly integrated storage system-on-a-chip. The RC5100 in combination with TrueStore serial PHYs and preamplifiers delivers a comprehensive data path system for HDD producers. LSI plans to offer the TrueStore RC5100 during the first calendar quarter of the fiscal year 2012.
The Senior Vice President and General Manager at LSI’s Storage Peripherals Division, Phil Brace stated that the company is proud to be the industry’s first process technology that increases the capacity and improves the performance of HDDs, while offering a time-to-market benefit to the company’s HDD OEM customers. The President of TSMC North America, Rick Cassidy stated that this 28 nm partnership with TSMC is an extension of LSI’s consistent lineage of innovations.