FYI - Serial ATA (fwd)

From: Andre Hedrick (
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 00:32:04 EST

Hi ALL..........

We gotta love this one.........
This "Serial ATA" group is a sneaky if not more than IA-64 about its
existance.....I knew about this several months ago, but did not think it
would move that fast......

Given that current Parallel ATA is approaching its limits even with the
next release of a quicker protocol. It will be scheduled for termination
in the future by the hardware industry......This looks to be about three
(3) years in the future.........

Linux will support Serial ATA, I need a PR mouth piece to help!


Microsoft to Support SerialATA in Future Versions of Windows
Collaborative Effort Will Enable Simpler Upgrade of Storage Devices For
Users of Windows-Based PCs
NEW ORLEANS -- April 25, 2000 - Microsoft Corp. today announced it is
rallying behind the SerialATA Working Group by providing support for the
SerialATA specification in future versions of the Microsoft® Windows®
operating system. Made up of industry leaders such as Dell Computer Corp.,
Intel Corp., IBM Corp., Seagate Technology Inc., Quantum Corp., Maxtor Corp.
and APT Technologies, the ATA Working Group's objective is to develop the
SerialATA specification, a storage interface for next-generation computing.
By supporting SerialATA's efforts, Microsoft is making it easier for
hardware partners to build SerialATA implementations into Windows-based PCs
now and in the future and is helping provide customers with a seamless and
simple method of upgrading their storage devices on Windows-based PCs.
"PC users shouldn't have to worry about the intricacies of upgrading their
storage devices," said David Williams, director of Windows Hardware
Evangelism, Microsoft. "This is a great example of Windows evolving to meet
the needs of partners and customers. By providing support for SerialATA in
the Windows operating system, Microsoft will enable an easier upgrade
process for end users that will ultimately mean less downtime so people can
spend time doing the things they want to do on their PC."
Microsoft believes that the SerialATA specification offers several
advantages in meeting the growing demands of internal data storage on PCs.
The specification will build upon the proven capabilities of the earlier ATA
interface to provide a robust and scalable design that will help keep pace
with future technological changes in internal storage. In addition,
SerialATA's built-in backward compatibility, along with the provision of
cables that are simple to route and install, will make upgrading to this
technology easier for the Windows-based PC users of today and tomorrow. By
providing support for the SerialATA specification in future versions of
Windows, Microsoft is joining forces with other industry leaders to offer
customers a simpler way of maintaining and updating internal PC storage
"SerialATA technology provides the performance headroom to support system
and storage device advancements for years to come as well as the backward
compatibility to ensure that existing software investments are preserved,"
said Rick Coulson, director of I/O Architecture, Intel Architecture Labs,
and chairman of the SerialATA Working Group. "The serial cable and connector
will streamline system design while simplifying end-user upgrades of storage
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Andre Hedrick
The Linux ATA/IDE guy

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