"The Serial ATA working group, charged with replacing clumsy
parallel ribbons as the mass storage interface inside PCs, says it
has completed version 1.0 of the specification. Publication had
been mooted for 10 October, but the public version now ought to be
available for comment by the end of the year."
"Members include APT, which provides intellectual property for
storage interfaces, hard disk manufacturers Maxtor, IBM, Seagate
and Quantum, and Dell and Intel. The only OS with
representation on the group is Linux, and Redmond is a notable
absentee - although sources say that it's now very keen to join.
When it does, it won't have input to the first
"But maybe that isn't such a big deal, as one of the promises of
Serial ATA is that it presents the same view to the OS as a
parallel ATA drive, and doesn't require special device drivers.
Intel's Jeff Ravencraft, Serial ATA committee chair, told us that
any additional effort to tweak the parallel ATA interface beyond
the current ATA-100 spec wouldn't be worth the trouble."