|[January 03, 2013]
SATA Express Specification from SATA-IO in Ratification
BEAVERTON, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the industry
consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and
dissemination of Serial ATA (SATA™) technology, today announced that
SATA Express™, a new specification that standardizes PCI (News - Alert) Express®
(PCIe®) as an interface for client storage, has started the ratification
process. The specification has moved into the member review stage, the
final step prior to the specification's release to SATA-IO members. SATA
Express will be available to the general public in the next version of
the specification, expected to be completed in 2013.
SATA Express enables an ecosystem for client storage in which SATA and
PCIe solutions can coexist, providing a low-cost solution to fully
utilize the performance of next generation solid state drives (SSDs) and
hybrid drives. PCIe technology enables interface speeds of up to 1GB/s
per lane in the client space, as compared to today's SATA technology at
0.6GB/s. Storage devices not requiring the speed of SATA Express will
continue to be served by existing SATA technology. The specification
will define new SATA Express device connectors and motherboard
connectors that will support both new PCIe drives and existing SATA
devices. See http://www.sata-io.org/technology/sataexpress.asp
for more details.
"SATA-IO members have worked together to create the SATA Express
specification to bring the scalability of PCIe to client storage," said
Mladen Luksic, SATA-IO preident. "This industry-wide effort has made a
new level of performance available to client applications and enables
connectivity to SATA Express enterprise hosts via the SFF-8639
The Complete SATA Ecosystem
SATA Express is one of several specifications from SATA-IO designed to
offer low-cost, high performance storage solutions optimized for
specific device segments. Since its introduction in 2001, SATA
technology has penetrated 99% of the PC market and evolved to provide
options for a number of applications beyond traditional hard disk
storage. SATA is now implemented in a variety of applications including
solid state and optical drives, embedded mobile devices, consumer
electronics products and enterprise storage. Key specifications for
implementing SATA technology beyond the HDD device segment include:
A low-profile solution for mobile computing devices and other
small form factor applications.
Universal Storage Module (USM™): An integrated SATA
interface for providing portable, volume storage I/O to consumer
electronics devices, as well as PC applications.
microSSD™: An embedded, single-chip solution that
connects directly to the motherboard to enable ultra-thin form factor
More information on these and other SATA specifications is available at www.sata-io.org.
Visit SATA-IO at booth #7 at Storage
Visions on January 6-7, 2013 in Las Vegas for more information on
SATA Express and the complete SATA ecosystem.
Formed in September 2004, SATA-IO is the International Organization that
owns and manages Serial ATA specifications as open industry standards.
The organization defines and implements the Serial ATA storage
specification as the industry's storage needs evolve. It is dedicated to
sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of the SATA
technology by maintaining the specifications, promoting and marketing
the benefits of the technology and creating future interface features
and specifications that carry storage into the next decade. Additional
information about the organization, its nearly 200 participating
companies and membership is available at www.sata-io.org.
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microSSD™ are unregistered trademarks of Serial ATA International
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