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Nov 11 2009

SATA Revision 3.0

SATA_logoIn May 2009, Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) released the SATA Revision 3.0 specification, which builds upon the success of previous generations of SATA storage device interface technology.  Here’s a quick snapshot of the benefits and applications for this new spec:

SATA 3.0 Benefits

  • Link speeds of 6 Gb/s – twice as fast as SATA Revision 2.0
  • Low cost
  • Low power consumption
  • Backward compatible with previous SATA generations

SATA Interface Usage Found In:

  • Storage units
  • Disk drives
  • Optical
  • Tape drives
  • Host bus adaptors

Currently, products based on SATA Revision 3.0 are being introduced to the market for consumers to purchase. Recently, ASUS released the P7P55D-E Premium and P6X58D Premium motherboards. These motherboards contain both SATA 6G (a reference to the 6Gb/s signaling rate) and SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) technology, providing consumers with the connections available both inside and outside of the box. As more SATA 6G technology reaches consumers, it will pave the way for faster internal and external storage, significantly enhancing the computing experience.

Products that have successfully completed rigorous testing for SATA specification interoperability and compliance, assuring products work with other SATA certified devices, are added to the SATA Integrators List . An easy way to participate in SATA interoperability testing is to work with an independent test lab.

Authorized by SATA-IO since 2004, Allion is one of the first official SATA independent test labs offering third party validation for products seeking SATA certification. Each SATA certified logo indicates adherence to the respective SATA specification and can be used on product packaging, Web sites and collateral when the product passes SATA interoperability testing.

Several products incorporating SATA Revision 3.0, including the Marvell® 88SE9128 controller (utilized in the ASUS motherboards), Seagate Barracuda® XT hard drive and Toshiba’s line of 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drives, are currently available in the market. Additional certified products will be available in the first half of 2010.

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