Infineon Announces 90nm HDD Read Channel Core
Infineon Technologies today announced availability of an advanced hard disk drive read channel core, the first IC implemented in the company's 90-nanometer process technology. It was developed in cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
The new read channel technology generation supports perpendicular recording and leverages on 2nd generation Reverse Concatenation coding. The new read-write channel has been implemented in Infineon's 90nm CMOS technology. Key features of the technology are the ability to integrate multiple threshold voltages and multiple gate oxide devices with minimum physical gate dimensions down to 70nm using power saving concepts like active wells, clock-gating and micro-switches with 6 to 9 layers of Copper metallization in a single chip.
A second implementation, currently in development for battery operated applications, targets an ultra low power dissipation as well as better stand-by power and leakage current performance. This is offered by Infineon's 90nm process technology that is designed to support handheld applications such as cellular phones.
The new HDD controller from the Infineon ASIC and Design Solutions Group can be manufactured worldwide in multiple fabs. Fabs currently offering Infineon's 90nm technology include Infineon's Dresden fab in Germany and UMC in Taiwan.
Source: Infineon Technologies
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