New connections come online

Several new released products meet the new Serial Advanced Technology Attachment specification, which is used to connect computer mainboards to disk drives and other internal devices. Traditionally, the connections are handled by a ribbon bus using the integrated drive electronics specification. The new protocol will lead to a smaller bus and connector, faster data transfers and "hot-plug" capability, according to the Serial ATA Working Group.

Maxtor Corp., Milpitas, Calif., is shipping hard drives with the connectors. The Irvine, Calif.-based Xcelconnex has released a line of serial ATA cable assemblies. Asaca/Shibasoku Corp., Golden, Colo., has partnered with Rorke Data Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., to offer a serial ATA-based near-real-time storage solution with a capacity of up to 48 terabytes. Computer Access Technology Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., has released the industry's first serial ATA protocol analyzer.

The second iteration of the ATA specification was released in October.


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