SATA-IO releases SATA Revision 3.0 Specification
Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of serial ATA (SATA) technology, released the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 specification. The new specification ushers in lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 6 Gbps as well as enhancements to support multimedia applications.
"As speed becomes critical to today's storage, the SATA Revision 3.0 specification doubles the maximum transfer speed enabled by technology, paving the way for a new generation of faster SATA products," said Knut Grimsrud, SATA-IO president and Intel Fellow and director of storage architecture. "SATA-IO members will be able to design for their customers products with the speed they crave, without compromising the quality and performance they've come to expect from SATA technology."
The new specification is backward compatible with earlier SATA implementations, and maintains the low cost and low power for which the popular storage interface is acclaimed. In addition, the specification features a number of enhancements for increased functionality. These enhancements include:
- A new Native Command Queuing (NCQ) streaming command to enable isochronous data transfers for bandwidth-hungry audio and video applications
- An NCQ Management feature that helps optimize performance by enabling host processing and anagement of outstanding NCQ commands
- Improved power management capabilities
- A small Low Insertion Force (LIF) connector for more compact 1.8" storage devices
- A connector designed to accommodate 7mm optical disk drives for thinner and lighter notebooks
- Alignment with the INCITS ATA8-ACS standard
SATA-IO will demonstrate several product implementations of SATA 6Gbps and other technologies enabled by the SATA Revision 3.0 specification at Computex Taipei on June 2-6.
Additionally, SATA-IO will host the first testing event for SATA 6Gbps technology at its upcoming plugfest and interoperability workshop on June 8-11 in Milpitas, Calif. The workshop will also feature a developer training session on June 8, outlining all of the enhancements included in Revision 3.0.