CE-ATA, the storage interface for next-generation handhelds and portable consumer electronics devices, has reached a number of milestones that underscore progress made with the specification and the industry since the initiative was launched at the Intel Developer Forum in September.The most recent development, announced at CES, is an arrangement between the CE-ATA Promoter Group and the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA), the organization that promotes the worldwide adoption of a compact, removable standard for storing and retrieving digital information in small, low-power devices. The two groups will collaborate to ensure that the technologies they support are complimentary and address the needs of the storage industry in providing an interface that is ideally suited to portable consumer applications. Another significant milestone for CE-ATA at CES is the completion and distribution of a release candidate of the core protocol specification to CE-ATA members. The final 1.0 spec is on track to be ratified and published in the first half of this year as originally committed at the launch of the initiative. The first end products supporting the new technology could be available as early as late 2005.

CE-ATA, the storage interface for next-generation handhelds and portable
consumer electronics devices, has reached a number of milestones that underscore
progress made with the specification and the industry since the initiative was
launched at the Intel Developer Forum in September.

The most recent development, announced at CES, is an arrangement between the
CE-ATA Promoter Group and the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA), the
organization that promotes the worldwide adoption of a compact, removable
standard for storing and retrieving digital information in small, low-power
devices. The two groups will collaborate to ensure that the technologies they
support are complimentary and address the needs of the storage industry in
providing an interface that is ideally suited to portable consumer applications.

"Cooperation between the CE-ATA and MMCA organizations creates new opportunities
for a highly optimal storage interface solution for portable consumer
applications," said Knut Grimsrud, chairman of the CE-ATA working group and
Intel Corporation senior principal engineer. "By working together, we can
deliver a solution that not only provides the best solution for highly
integrated storage devices, but also provides the greatest degree of
interoperability and compatibility with the MMCA technology. The CE-ATA
specification builds on MMCA technology that will be used as the underlying
communication interface."

Added MMCA Executive Director Scott Herbert, "By building on our respective
strengths and technologies, the MMCA and CE-ATA organizations can provide the
best and fastest time-to-market solution for disk drives in next-generation
portable consumer electronics devices."

The CE-ATA Promoter Group represents some of the most prominent and capable
companies in the small form factor disk drive and handheld consumer market
segments. The promoter group includes Hitachi Global Storage Technologies,
Intel, Marvell Semiconductor, Nokia Corporation, Seagate Technology and Toshiba
America Information Systems.

No disk drive interface exists today that is tailored to the needs of the
handheld and CE market segments. CE-ATA addresses this deficiency. Members are
jointly defining a standard interface for small form factor disk drives that
addresses requirements inherent to such small devices, including low pin count,
low voltage, power efficiency, cost effectiveness and integration efficiency.

Another significant milestone for CE-ATA at CES is the completion and
distribution of a release candidate of the core protocol specification to CE-ATA
members. The final 1.0 spec is on track to be ratified and published in the
first half of this year as originally committed at the launch of the initiative.
The first end products supporting the new technology could be available as early
as late 2005.

More progress out of CES is Marvell Semiconductor’s technology demonstration
that illustrates key CE-ATA interface fundamentals. (Marvell’s booth is located
at South Hall, #35346.) Marvell’s demo of a working prototype system signifies
the rapid progress the organization is making toward delivering CE-ATA end
products in the latter half of this year, according to Dr. Alan J. Armstrong,
vice president of marketing for Marvell’s Storage Division.