No sooner had interconnect technology Serial ATA been launched, than a second version of the technology has been announced.
Serial ATA, used to connect hard drives and DVD/CD-Roms to the motherboard using a faster serial interface as opposed to a parallel one, has yet to see any products based on it shipped to the general public.
But this has not stopped boffins from working on a sequel to the interface.
Backwardly compatible with Serial ATA, Serial ATA II is targeted at storage devices and servers.
The announcement was made by the ATA Working Group at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco.
"Having thinner cables and more reliable connections all become very attractive for server and storage products," said Jason Ziller, Intel's technology initiative manager and chairman of the Serial ATA Working Group, which looks after both Serial ATA and its newer variant.
The sequel will include faster transfer speeds of around 3Gbps and more, as yet unknown, features.
Although the feature set will not be made known until later this year, Ziller revealed to vnunet.com that the most likely candidates for inclusion were Native Command Queuing and Enclosure Management.
Native Command Queuing involves the hard drive taking multiple requests for data from the processor and rearranging the order of those requests to maximise throughput.
Enclosure Management makes it easier for the server to manage and monitor multiple hard drives connected via the technology as well as their environment.
The transfer rate of Serial ATA II will be defined by the end of 2003, with products based on the technology shipping the year after that.
Both Maxtor and Seagate demonstrated hard disks bearing the serial technology at the Forum's showcase, and Adaptec showed off an interface adapter chip.
Serial ATA aims to replace parallel ATA with speeds of 1.5Gbps, twice that of ATA 100, which runs at 800Mbps.
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