Seagate Technology has demonstrated data transfer and storage technology for workstations and other devices which it claims is three times faster than USB 2.0 or Firewire.
At last week’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF), the hard-drive manufacturer demonstrated its first products based on the external Serial ATA (eSATA) storage solution, in partnership with semiconductor company NetCell.
ESATA makes it significantly easier for SMEs and personal computer users to increase storage capacity and move data from one device to the next, Seagate said.
The eSATA demo at IDF combined two Seagate eSATA 160GB, 7200-rpm, 8MB cache external hard drives with a NetCell eSATA PCI Raid card.
This solution provided data transfer rates of 150mbps, as opposed to 45mps possible through the latest USB 2.0 system, for instance. And, like the USB system, eSATA can be deployed in minutes.
More information on the eSATA protocol can be found at the independent SATA I/O organisation: