The industry body for the development of Serial ATA cables used for the throughput of data on solid state (SSD) and hybrid drives has announced a new design for the technology in a bid to boost speeds to as much as 16Gbit/s.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) said that the SATA Express upgrade will enable the use of PCI Express technology in the development of devices that can take advantage of its enhanced capabilities.
SATA-IO president Mladen Luksic explained that the update will allow companies such as Hitachi, Kingston and Western Digital to increase product specifications.
"The SATA Express specification provides SSD and hybrid drive manufacturers with the advantages of performance and scalability enabled by PCIe 3.0, which is available now, and the ubiquity of SATA," he said.
Luksic added that SATA-IO expects the SATA Express specification to be completed by the end of 2011.
This includes increasing the throughput of device interface speeds to 8Gbit/s and 16Gbit/s. Storage devices not requiring these speeds will continue to be served by existing SATA technology.
SATA is used across the PC market in a variety of applications including embedded mobile devices, consumer electronics and enterprise storage.
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