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The new SATA Slimline connector interface
New small-form factor and mobile enhancements specified in revision 2.6

The Serial ATA International Organization, also known as SATA-IO, today announced its latest Serial ATA specification – SATA revision 2.6 (PDF). The latest SATA revision 2.6 adds new physical and performance features to the previous SATA revision 2.5, also referred to as SATA 3.0Gbps, specification.

New physical features added to the SATA revision 2.6 include internal cable specifications for small-form-factor systems and mobile PC applications. SATA revision 2.6 specifies a new internal slim-line cable and connector. The new Slimline cable and connector target tightly packed small-form-factor systems. SATA-IO also defines the internal micro SATA connector with ultra mobile PCs in mind. The new internal micro SATA connector specification is for 1.8” hard drives only right now.

In addition to the small-form-factor and ultra mobile PC benefits of SATA revision 2.6, SATA-IO defines a new mini SATA multilane cable and connector. The new mini SATA multilane cable and connector specification is for internal and external SATA usage. Do not expect to see mini SATA multilane connectors on consumer desktop systems, however. SATA-IO defines the specification for use internally in high-bandwidth backplanes and externally for high-bandwidth external storage enclosures.

Physical enhancements aside, SATA revision 2.6 introduces new performance improvements to the SATA specification. Native Command Queuing, or NCQ, receives upgrades beneficial to desktop and notebook systems. NCQ priority enhancement is the latest feature and prioritizes data during complex workloads. On the mobile improvements sides of things, a new NCQ unload enhancement feature makes it way into the SATA specification. This new feature increases mobile SATA hard drive robustness, especially in drop-prone environments.

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Its all good....
By suryad on 3/8/2007 9:31:32 AM , Rating: 2
...but where are real world performance increases when it comes to hard drives? It is shocking to see that despite all the advances made, hard drive technology is still a relic! It is the 21st century and we still dont have a solution to the problem. Just imagine how fast even older computers would be if the hard drive was twice as fast as the fastest drives we have at the moment. What is the point of increasing the bandwidth if the device cant even achieve a third of the output!

RE: Its all good....
By jabber on 3/8/2007 11:40:43 AM , Rating: 2
You do have to wonder at the validity of these groups that seems to just spend all their time coming up with new standards that are purely theoretical and have no bearing on real world performance. We havent really moved much beyond (if at all) ATA-66 but we've had nearly half a dozen new standards since.

I guess its the vendors need for product churn. Slap a sticker saying SATA3 and they (I mean we) will buy it.

RE: Its all good....
By mino on 3/8/2007 12:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
I gues it is because there are other benefits from SATA thatn bandwith?
IMO far more important stuff is thin_cabling/point-point_topology/hot-plug/NCQ/stag gered_spin-up/external_connectors etc...

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