Monday, March 2nd 2009

AMD and Seagate to Demo 6 Gbps SATA Interface

AMD and Seagate are set to demonstrate the new 6 Gbps SATA storage device interface. The companies will hold the demo today, in New Orleans, USA. Although not a player in the enterprise storage controller market, AMD is using this demo to exhibit the kind of technology that will go into its future chipset. The company already has plans to build chipset for its own current-generation Opteron processors.

Seagate, on the other hand, is a large player in the hard drive industry, enterprise storage included. The company notes that SATA 6 Gbps will benefit solid-state drives before they can significantly help conventional hard-drives. "Flash will take advantage [of the new interface], in applicable markets, sooner than you think," said Marc Noblitt, senior marketing I/O development manager for Seagate. "Six-gig is a perfect interface. OEMs tell us that they want to have the same SATA interface for flash as for a 1.8-inch rotating drive, so they can swap in a drive for flash, or vice versa." he added.Source: ExtremeTech
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10 Comments on AMD and Seagate to Demo 6 Gbps SATA Interface

#1
Jizzler
Good and good.

AMD could use some fresh chipsets and 6Gbps will be nice for SSD/RAM-based storage, as well as external storage units.
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#2
truehighroller1
I think that Intel will fire back now like, we already have a 20Gb interface ready to go. :p
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ASharp
by: truehighroller1
I think that Intel will fire back now like, we already have a 20Gb interface ready to go. :p
The SATA interface isn't a competition. It's based on a set of standards that are developed by a bunch of different people/companies. You can't just go off and make a faster SATA interface on your own. So, no.

As the article mentioned as well, AMD isn't a key player the in the hard drive market. It's just a tech demo that involves AMD. This doesn't really affect AMD directly as they just need to make the SATA controller and not the drives.
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truehighroller1
by: ASharp
The SATA interface isn't a competition. It's based on a set of standards that are developed by a bunch of different people/companies. You can't just go off and make a faster SATA interface on your own. So, no.

As the article mentioned as well, AMD isn't a key player the in the hard drive market. It's just a tech demo that involves AMD. This doesn't really affect AMD directly as they just need to make the SATA controller and not the drives.
Thank you for info. Well hopefully we start seeing it utilized here soon, that would be sweet. I want to see price drops for SSDs too.
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#5
Jizzler
Sure you can... but even when you're large, you don't always want to go it alone. Especially against the SATA-IO.
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ASharp
by: Jizzler
Sure you can... but even when you're large, you don't always want to go it alone. Especially against the SATA-IO.
Well, anybody sufficiently large enough to try it is already part of SATA-IO which includes Intel. You're going to need a LOT of smaller companies to band together to make a new standard if you want to succeed. And I mean A LOT. Anyone who is anyone is already part of of the SATA-IO. Huge list right here: http://www.serialata.org/members.asp
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#7
mlee49
Sweet one step closer to SATA 3.0!

Woot for faster Mbps! USB 3.0 in 2010!!!
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#8
Esse
Now all we need is power over sata.
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#9
D4S4
by: Esse
Now all we need is power over sata.
+1

*thinks: flash drives, raid 0,... Drools...*

maybe vista could work properly on these... i noticed that it scratches around the disk a LOT
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#10
BazookaJoe
The last 2 SeaGate's I purchased, and 1 of my friends drives, collectively & spontaneously trashed 2.5 TB of my hard earned data...

Oh wait, and THOUSANDS (Perhaps even to a few factors of 10 - I don't have any reliable figures) of other peoples drives did the same thing worldwide...

BUT they DID release a fix! That took out a few Thousand more drives worldwide...

I'ts going to be a while before i touch another ANYTHING that Seagate have had anything to do with.
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