IDF: Seagate introduces Serial ATA hard drives
Seagate plans to bring hard drives with the Serial ATA interface onto the market this year. In addition, Seagate showed at a product presentation at the Intel Developer Forum, the first real Serial ATA interface that does not need to convert the old ATA protocol.
Seagate has developed a single-chip solution for this purpose, similar to the previous one The four-chip solution is to replace, the gross speed should continue to be 1.5 Gbit/s. In the meantime, a working group consisting of Adaptec, Dell, Intel, Maxtor and Seagate is already working on the Serial ATA II standard, which will then also be usable in servers. In the next stage of development, the speed is to be quadrupled and the necessary cabling simplified and also allowing hot plugging. Seagate wants to bring its hard drives to the market when the appropriate controller cards and Serial ATA-capable motherboards are available.