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Infineon chip to speed disc drives

Infineon Technologies is delivering what it claims to be the industry's first hard-disc drive read-channel integrated circuit (IC) using 0.13-micron process technology.

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.

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