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Hitachi Shows Streaming Video On First CE-ATA Hard Drive

At StorageVisions 2006, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today demonstrated the first working CE-ATA hard drive running on an Intel platform. The live demo showed streaming video from a Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 1" hard drive over the CE-ATA interface, connected to an Intel XScale application processor. Hitachi's CE-ATA demo could be viewed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7.

The demo validates integrity of the interface specifications and signals the imminent commercialization of Hitachiís CE-ATA-based Microdrive. Hitachi plans to ship the Microdrive 3K8 with CE-ATA support this quarter.

CE-ATA was developed to facilitate the communication between small-form-factor hard drives and consumer electronic devices that increasingly require low-cost, high-capacity storage. The CE-ATA Consortium intends to accelerate the adoption of hard drives into portable CE devices by addressing CE-specific requirements such as low pin-count, low voltage, power efficiency, cost effectiveness and integration efficiency. According to the press release, the Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 is the first hard drive to realize this goal.

Source: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

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