Read-channel Ics, using 0.13-micron process technology, are designed to achieve data transfer rates on a disc drive of 1.6Gbps under worst-case conditions. This is 40% greater than available components, according to Infineon.
The first customer for Infineon's new read-channel IC is IBM, a company spokesman said. "We expect to announce other customers shortly," he added.
The semiconductor maker said that read channels will help manufacturers keep pace with market demand for faster high-density drives used in enterprise data storage systems.