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PCI-EXPRESS SIL 3132 COMPATIBILE WITH OPTICAL DRIVES.

PC motherboard manufacturers AOpen, ASUS, ECS, EpoX, Gigabyte and MSI have incorporated the new SATALink SiI 3132 PCI- Express to Serial ATA (SATA) II host controller into more than 15 new motherboard designs aimed at the PC and server markets.

The industry's first 3Gb/s SATA host controller supporting PCI-Express, the SiI 3132 offers full advanced SATA functionality normally limited to server-class systems, including 3 Gb/s SATA data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing, support for port multipliers with Frame Information Structure (FIS)-based switching and support for ATAPI commands, making it compatible with optical drives such as CD-ROMs and DVD+/-RWs. In addition, the ability to drive two-meter cables for external SATA drives enables a new class of high-speed storage for the PC market. All of this advanced functionality is packed into a small 10x10 mm package -- which provides system designers the flexibility to use the SiI 3132 in even the most space-constrained applications.

"Silicon Image is the price/performance leader in Serial ATA motherboard and host bus adapter solutions, and our SATALink host controllers lead the market with over six million units shipped to date," stated Steve Yum, product line manager for storage semiconductors. "We are encouraged by the early interest the first-tier motherboard manufacturers have shown in the SiI 3132. The SiI 3132 is an ideal solution for enabling external SATA, providing much faster data transfer rates than USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s) and Firewire 1394b (800Mb/s) and enabling high-performance solutions through port multiplier support."

The SiI 3132 offers advanced RAID capability through Silicon Image's SATARaid software RAID management utility, which comes bundled with the chip. The SiI 3132 supports RAID 0 and 1 when two drives are connected directly to the chip's two SATA ports. When multiple drives are connected to the SiI 3132 via a port multiplier such as Silicon Image's SiI 3726, RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5 are supported.

The SiI 3132 provides added benefits as a port multiplier-aware host when connected to Silicon Image's SteelVine architecture. When the SV2000 storage appliance is connected to the SiI 3132, the drives behind the SV2000 can be set as multiple RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, concatenated or JBOD logical volumes.

"Silicon Image's SiI 3132 with SATA II capability and the accompanying SATA Raid software enable us to offer high-end features that our customer base demands such as Native Command Queuing and 3 Gb/s signaling," said Jerry Shen, VP of R&D at ASUS. "Silicon Image is a valued supplier of advanced SATA host controllers, and we appreciate their commitment to ongoing Serial ATA innovation and their high level of hardware and software support."

"Silicon Image's Serial ATA host controllers are widely recognized in the industry for their interoperability, reliability and high performance," stated Charles Chiang, VP of the motherboard business unit at MSI. "The SiI 3132's small package makes it easy to design into our more space- constrained motherboards, and Silicon Image's high degree of customer support throughout the design process enables us to bring our new motherboard designs to market quickly."

According to DigiTimes, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS together are forecasted to ship more than 102 million motherboards in 2005.

John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner Dataquest, noted, "SATA shipments increased dramatically during the fourth quarter of 2004. As we forecast, SATA should become the dominant standard HDD interface during the second half of 2005. By the end of 2007, SATA should achieve 100 percent penetration in all desktop and notebook hard disk drive markets. The transition from 1.5 Gb/s SATA to 3 Gb/s SATA should be relatively quick and seamless, with 3 Gb/s SATA accounting for more than 70 percent of all SATA hard disk drive shipments during 2007."

About Silicon Image

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. designs, develops and markets multi-gigabit semiconductor and system solutions for a variety of communications applications demanding high-bandwidth capability. With its proprietary Multi-layer Serial Link (MSL) architecture, Silicon Image is well positioned for leadership in multiple mass markets including PCs, consumer electronics, storage and networking. Currently, Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with its digital interconnect technology, and is now emerging as a leading player in the storage industry - offering robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors and systems.

Silicon Image can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.siliconimage.com/.

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