A number of hard drive manufacturers and other technology companies are banding together to produce faster high-end hard drives and CD/DVD drives with the same technology that is currently being rolled out at the lower end of the market.
At present there are two competing technologies for connecting these drives to a motherboard inside a computer: ATA and SCSI. The latter is faster but more expensive and more likely to be found in server hardware.
The consortium, known as the Serial Attached SCSI Working Group, includes several big hard drive manufacturers, including Seagate, Maxtor and IBM. Also supporting the technology are Compaq and chipmaker LSI Logic. Adding support are Western Digital, Adaptec, Fujitsu, Hitachi, QLogic and ServerWorks.
The aim of the group is to complement the evolving Serial ATA standard. A while back, a group of manufacturers got together to work on Serial ATA, a technology that could do away with the need for ribbon cables that ATA-100 compliant hard drives use, and ensure much faster data access.
Serial ATA cables will not be as wide as ribbon cables and can be made up to a metre long, allowing for more complex routing which would aid in creating cooler-running PCs. Now it is SCSI's turn for a change of gear.
Hard drives are one of the major bottlenecks in computing. This is even more of a problem for servers trying to keep up with ever greater workloads.
Parallel connections, often called a 'bus', can only be speeded up by making them wider - for example, going from a 16 parallel connection to a 32. But doing this makes the job of synchronising signals more difficult.
A serial connection can use separate clocks on each wire, overcoming these problems and allowing data to get around faster. It is already employed in Firewire and USB technologies.
The consortium expects products supporting the new technology to be available in 2004, but have not said how much faster the speeds will be.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago