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Agere Unmasks New Hard Drive Storage Chip

Agere Systems Tuesday unveiled a new chip geared to make desktop and mobile hard disk drives capable of storing more data than ever -- and with little data integrity compromise.

The chip, the first in Agere's family of TrueStore components for storage applications, offers increased functionality and signal integrity. The TrueStore RC6500 read-channel is being fitted by major drive makers to extend capacity beyond current 80-Gigabyte-per-platter desktop drives and 40-Gigabyte-per-platter mobile drives.

The chips will be used in hard drives to accommodate consumer PC applications such as interactive games and digital video, digital photos and MP3s.

The TrueStore RC6500 read-channel was manufactured using the standard 130 nanometer complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology, allowing Allentown, Pa.'s Agere to add more signal processing while maintaining small chip size and low power consumption.

Agere's read-channel ICs, found in more than 40 percent of the world's disk drives according to IDC, ensure the accuracy of all of the data read from or written to a disk drive.

The read-channel is available in 56- and 68-pin MLCC packages, which are thermally enhanced for improved power dissipation. Engineering samples of the RC6500 will be shipped to key customers in February, with production quantities expected in July 2003.