Ellisys, Symwave Team on USB Storage Tools

Ellisys and Symwave accelerate SuperSpeed USB 3.0 mass storage products introduction

March 13, 2009

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GENEVA and LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- Ellisys, a leading supplier of protocol test and analysis solutions for Universal Serial Bus (USB) and other wired and wireless communications protocols, in conjunction with Symwave, a leading silicon supplier of system solutions for SuperSpeed USB storage applications, today announced the first release of protocol analyzer tools for the USB Attached SCSI protocol (UASP). UASP is a new industry-standard, high-performance mass storage protocol being developed for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is the latest technology evolution of the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus, first introduced in 1996. It supports a 5 gigabit per second signaling rate, providing ten times the speed of USB 2.0 as well as backward-compatibility with legacy USB 2.0 ports & devices.

Defining the Next-Generation of Mass Storage for USB and SuperSpeed USB

The USB 3.0 specification released last November provides for greatly improved data transfer speed by implementing data streaming and command queuing, which are high-efficiency core concepts of UASP. Today, leading storage companies are working together within the INCITS T10 technical committee (www.t10.org) and USB Implementers Forum (www.usb.org) on UASP standardization. Once completed, the UASP will leverage the SuperSpeed USB transfer rate capabilities while also enabling performance improvements for legacy USB 2.0 mass storage systems and devices.

"Early developers, and technology tools suppliers such as Ellisys, must anticipate and react to changes and additions to specifications and standards as quickly as possible, and not just develop to the final versions of such documents," stated Mario Pasquali, Ellisys co-founder and president for products. "The assistance of Symwave engineers working on the forefront of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and UASP was invaluable in the integration of new features that will ease the adoption and integration of UASP. As the final specification is released, Ellisys tools will pace this evolution with field upgradeable updates to our Explorer Series of USB and SuperSpeed USB protocol analyzers and generators."

Ellisys SASymwave Inc.

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