SATA-IO aiming for 16 Gb/s transfer speeds with SATA Express

Serial ATA logoThe Serial ATA International Organization aka SATA-IO is now working away on yet another SATA-based technology, a standard called SATA Express which is supposed to allow for transfer speeds of 8 Gb/s and 16 Gb/s.

To reach 16 Gb/s (SATA currently tops 6.0 Gbps), SATA Express will combine the SATA software infrastructure with the well-known and extensively-used PCI-Express interface. According to SATA-IO, the specs it's currently defining will see to the arrival of new, faster storage device and of motherboard connectors that will support both SATA Express and current SATA devices.

SATA-IO aiming for 16 Gb/s transfer speeds with SATA Express

"The SATA Express specification provides SSD and hybrid drive manufacturers the advantages of performance and scalability enabled by PCIe 3.0 - which is available now - and the ubiquity of SATA," said Mladen Luksic, SATA-IO president.

The SATA Express specs are expected to be finalized before the end of this year.

Beside SATA Express, the SATA-IO has also announced the SATA µSSD standard for embedded, single-chip storage solutions that connect directly to the motherboard. This one targets mobile devices like tablets.

Source: TCMagazine

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