Content security by automatic drive locking enabled

Silicon Image today announced the latest addition to its second-generation SteelVine product family: the Sil5733. The new Sil5733 combines the features of the previously released second-generation SteelVine family and adds content security by automatic drive locking. It is targeted towards the consumer electronics and motherboard manufacturers for internal integration.

The content security by automatic drive locking feature makes this storage controller ideal for consumer electronics device manufacturers who tend to lock the hard disk to the specific device. PC motherboard manufacturers may find use of the Sil5733 as a secure e.SATA controller.

When the Sil5733 is implemented into a device the hard disk is locked to the specific controller and the drive is rendered useless when connected to other controllers. Silicon Image claims “The SiI5733 addresses the risk of data theft from a stolen or lost drive by locking the drive to the host (HDTV, DVR, set-top box or PC) automatically.” The Sil5733 does not appear to have any protection measures if a thief happens to steal both the hard disk and the accompanying host.

Nevertheless, the Sil5733 supports SATA 3.0Gbps, drive cascading and hardware RAID modes such as RAID 0, 1, SAFE33 and SAFE50 like other second-generation SteelVine products.

Expect the Silicon Image Sil5733 to be available in March 2007 with volume pricing for the storage controller only to be below $5.00.

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