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.
The technology will also allow the use of lower voltages compared with Parallel AT technology, important in mobile applications.