Major computer companies have agreed to develop new technologies for connecting data storage systems in future high-performance computers, writes Matthew Thomas. This could potentially eliminate a major bottleneck on performance as microprocessor speeds continue to increase.
APT Technologies, Dell Computer, IBM, Intel, Maxtor, Quantum and Seagate Technology are working to develop a storage interface specification for the next-generation computing platform, called Serial ATA, to replace Parallel ATA. The first specs are expected later this year.
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The technology will also allow the use of lower voltages compared with Parallel AT technology, important in mobile applications.