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Parade Technologies Introduces World’s Lowest Power SATA Repeater Devices

Posted February 3rd, 2009

PS8511 and PS8515 Series Ideal for Mobile and Green PC eSATA Applications Enabling over 60% Power Savings when Compared to Similar Devices

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—3 February 2009—Parade Technologies Ltd. (www.paradetech.com), a leading innovator of high-speed interface products, has introduced two new SATA Bidirectional Repeater integrated circuits.

Exhibiting very low dynamic power characteristics, these SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) repeaters are ideal for driving eSATA (external SATA) receptacles in mobile and ‘green’ PC applications. The devices support both SATA 1.5Gb/s and SATA 3.0Gb/s interfaces, which are the industry standard data transfer protocols for external PC disk drives. The PS8515 includes an I2C port for advanced feature support, while the PS8511 supports all basic SATA requirements.

The PS8511 and PS8515 achieve a new industry benchmark for low power performance, which is especially critical for laptop computers. In active data transfer mode, the 1.5V version of these new devices consumes less than half the power required by the most power-efficient competing devices in the market today. The PS8511 and PS 8515 are also distinguished from other SATA repeaters by their unique automatic power management feature, and industry first for SATA repeaters. By taking advantage of the “bursty” nature of SATA data transfers, the devices automatically enter a low-power state when the bus is idle.

Upon resumption of data activity, the device becomes active again with an exit latency of 10ns. The result is an over 60% power savings during data transfer, when compared to competitive devices. The PS8511 and PS8515 series have other unique features, including the ability to adjust both receiver equalization and output pre-emphasis to compensate for PCB trace and cable characteristics. The devices operate from a single voltage supply, and are offered in both 1.5V or 3.3V supply options. The PS8511 provides a pinout that matches several existing SATA devices, enabling rapid design conversion to these new parts. All of the devices can be set for both SATA and eSATA output levels.

The PS8511 and PS8515 series also set a new standard in ESD protection, having an ESD rating of HBM 8kV, CDM 2kV, and MM 400V. This enables the devices to interface the eSATA receptacle directly without the use of additional ESD protection devices, saving both PCB board space and additional system cost.

“eSATA is becoming very prevalent in both mobile and desktop PCs,” explains Jimmy Chiu, VP of Marketing at Parade Technologies. “Having the ability to connect an external SATA disk drive is very compelling. However, device power management is particularly important due to the burst nature of SATA data transfer. This affects both device heat generation and battery life in mobile PCs. Parade is the first to introduce an eSATA repeater with fully automatic power management.”

Price and Availability

The PS8511 and PS8515 series devices are available in a 4x4mm 20-pin QFN package. They can be operated through device pin control or through I2C bus interface from the system host. The devices use a single power supply of 1.5V or 3.3V, depending on the device option ordered.

The PS8511 and PS8315 series devices are available now, and sell for $1.20/ea. in volume.

About Parade Technologies, Ltd. And Parade Technologies, Inc.

Parade Technologies, Ltd. is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company that specializes in developing digital video display interface products. The company seeks to leverage a combination of high-speed analog, mixed-signal and digital design expertise, along with system level knowledge, to take product performance, power efficiency and customer satisfaction to new heights.

Parade Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Parade Technologies, Ltd, is located in Sunnyvale, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. As Parade Technologies, Ltd’s marketing representative in the United States, Parade Technologies, Inc. can be reached at (408) 329-5540 or on the internet at http://www.paradetech.com/.