Agere Systems Delivers Lowest Power 90-NM Read Channel for handheld consumer electronics

Agere Systems today announced that it has begun shipping a new fully functional 90-nanometer TrueStore read channel that features the industry’s lowest power consumption and highest performance within the market for handheld consumer electronics. The TrueStore RC1300 targets the 1.8-inch and smaller HDD form factor that provides critical data storage of 20 to 160 gigabytes in a wide variety of consumer devices, including MP3 players, portable media players and digital camcorders. With its smaller die size, RC1300 enables consumer device makers to develop smaller and more creative designs for handheld devices. First samples are achieving design targets for power and performance, and Agere expects the TrueStore RC1300 to be in production in 2008

The TrueStore RC1300 uses half the electrical current required by the previous generation of read channels in this market segment, thereby significantly extending the battery life of electronic devices, such as MP3 players and portable media players, without recharge.