At StorageVisions 2006, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies will demonstrate the first working CE-ATA hard drive running on an Intel platform.
The live demo will show streaming video from a Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 one-inch
hard drive over the CE-ATA interface, connected to an Intel XScale application
processor. Hitachi?s CE-ATA demo can be viewed in room N246 at the Las Vegas
Convention Center on January 7, from 10:30 AM to 1 PM.
With video representing the next killer application for CE devices due to its need
for high storage capacity, Hitachi has been in discussion with leading
manufacturers of personal media centers, smart phones and other multi-media
devices on adoption of the CE-ATA interface. 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. The Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 is the first hard drive to
realize this goal.