Dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of Serial ATA (SATA) technology, 40 leading computer component and peripheral companies announced today the formation of the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO). The new organization builds on a long heritage of effective SATA organizations starting with SATA 1.0 in early 2000, to SATA II in 2002 and now SATA-IO. The current SATA-IO technology roadmap includes enabling the 3Gb/s technology defined in the newest SATA spec, which was released in July. The group also plans to expand membership to include additional optical storage vendors, storage controller and hard drive vendors, system builders, storage semiconductor designers and computer technology designers.

Dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of Serial
ATA (SATA) technology, 40 leading computer component and peripheral companies
announced today the formation of the Serial ATA International Organization
(SATA-IO). The new organization builds on a long heritage of effective SATA
organizations starting with SATA 1.0 in early 2000, to SATA II in 2002 and now
SATA-IO. The working group’s transition to SATA-IO, a formal industry
association, indicates the member companies’ long-term commitment to continue
delivering technology and high-quality specifications that meet the needs of a
rapidly changing market.

"Our transformation to the Serial ATA International Organization shows our
members’ dedication to the future of this technology," said Knut Grimsrud,
SATA-IO chairman and senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation. "The new
organizational structure is long-term, self-sustaining and empowers the SATA
community to build a mighty and mature market for SATA offerings. SATA-IO will
continue to maintain specifications, promote and market the benefits of the
technology, foster quality and interoperability in products, and define new
Serial ATA technology and future interface speeds that carry the storage
industry into the next decade."

The current SATA-IO technology roadmap includes enabling the 3Gb/s technology
defined in the newest SATA spec, which was released in July. The group also
plans to expand membership to include additional optical storage vendors,
storage controller and hard drive vendors, system builders, storage
semiconductor designers and computer technology designers.

Companies that have a strong vested interest in the SATA technology are
encouraged to join the organization. Benefits of membership include early access
to draft specifications via members-only access to the specification development
Web site, free copies of final published SATA-IO documents, licenses to new
technology developed under the SATA-IO organization, opportunity to participate
in SATA-IO interoperability labs, and licenses to use the SATA logo. To ensure
continuity and momentum, SATA-IO is led by a new board of directors from the
former Serial ATA II Working Group promoter companies: Dell, Intel, Maxtor,
Seagate Technology and Vitesse.

At Intel Developer Forum

SATA-IO is showcasing its newest technology features and specifications in booth
446 this week at Intel Developer Forum. Highlights include the first
demonstration of the 3Gb/s spec — running from the host to the disc drive —
presented by AMCC and Seagate. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Silicon
Image also are demonstrating the new 3Gb/s spec using a native host and
connecting 2 TB of storage through an external port multiplier.

"Many of the SATA-IO member companies have begun development based on the SATA
3Gb/s and external SATA specification, so it’s encouraging to show these new
advances for the first time at IDF," said Joni Clark, SATA-IO marketing
chairwoman and Seagate’s manager of SATA marketing. "Our hands-on lab class also
gave IDF attendees a unique opportunity to work with the latest SATA
technologies, hear lectures and tips from the industry experts and receive a
sample of the latest latching and external SATA cables."