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Serial ATA Revision 2.6 Spec Finalized

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  1. malware New Member

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    Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology, today announced the availability of the Serial ATA Revision 2.6 specification. This updated specification combines the previously published SATA Revision 2.5 material with new feature definitions and enhancements that will enable developers to integrate the technology into new applications.

    Benefits include:
    • Internal Slimline cable and connector – enables SATA optical drives to be included in smaller form factors
    • Internal Micro SATA connector for 1.8" HDD – facilitates SATA hard drives in Ultra Mobile PC applications
    • Mini SATA Internal/ External Multilane cable and connector – provides access for internal use in high bandwidth backplane designs, and also external uses in eSATA or xSATA protocols for high bandwidth external storage enclosures
    • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) Priority enhancement – adds priority to data in complex workload environments
    • NCQ Unload enhancement – permits robust use in laptop environments where the drive may be dropped
    “SATA-IO continues to evolve the Serial ATA specifications to meet the needs of our customers and the industry,” said Knut Grimsrud, SATA-IO president and chairman. “The latest spec
    revision defines new features and capabilities to further enhance SATA and tailor it to additional applications, including high mobility and smaller laptop form factors.”

    The SATA Revision 2.6 Specification is available to the public and can be downloaded at www.sata-io.org/secure/spec_download.asp.

    Source: sata.org
     
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    Bah, bastards. Making me pay for SATA Specs >_<
     
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    Do I have to buy these specs or what? That's bull. Just lemme read them.

    With newer specs does that do anything for patches or upgrades to BIOS or drivers or anything?
     
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    Are these backwards compatible with the "old" specs?
     
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    Ketxxx Heedless Psychic

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    Wow, lookit that, all of .5 revision over SATA2, pretty worthless then :p
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    apart from NCQ updates, it seems mostly based on the cables - a good move really, especially the micro connectors for smaller drives.
     
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    Yes, would be nice for external devices. Like those micro USB plugs.

    Yet, USB will be hard to beat. USB Cables can or should only be about 5 meters long while eSATA are only up to 2 meters. I think, no guarantee on that, neither have I bothered wikipedia.
     
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    well you can imagine how it will turn out -

    Hard drive enclosure
    1x USB - Power
    1x USB - data
    1x Micro E-sata - so kids with asus mobos and E-sata can pwn you in benchmarks.
     
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