Maxtor Introduces 3Gb/s SATA II
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Drive manufacturer Maxtor is introducing the 3Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface on its Maxtor MaXLine III and DiamondMax 10 hard drives.

The 7,200 RPM drives will begin shipping this quarter and include capacity points up to 300GB, up to a 16MB buffer, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), staggered spin up, hot-plug capability and asynchronous signal recovery.

The new 3Gb/s SATA interface doubles the maximum data transfer speed of the original industry-standard 1.5Gb/s SATA interface. The performance benefit of the 3Gb/s SATA interface speed can especially be seen by system builders and integrators in multi-drive environments, where bandwidth is aggregated, says the company.

The hard drive industry is continuing its transition from the traditional parallel ATA to the SATA interface. According to IDC, 65 percent of the worldwide desktop PC market will feature the SATA interface by the end of this year. Many PC and storage subsystem manufacturers are expected to deploy 3.0Gb/s SATA products in 2006 to take advantage of the increased interface speed and a richer feature set.

Interoperability between Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and 3Gb/s SATA make the Maxtor MaXLine enterprise ATA family the ideal complement to Maxtor Atlas SAS drives, providing customers the broadest range of capacity and performance for their enterprise storage needs.  The SAS interface allows SAS and SATA disk drives to be configured in the same enclosure, enabling customers to mix and match high-performance Atlas drives with high-capacity MaXLine SATA drives to meet a broad range of price, performance and capacity requirements.

Maxtor hard drives with the SATA 3Gb/s interface will also be available in retail later this year for consumers who want to upgrade1 their PCs for an improved multimedia, gaming or overall computing experience. For more information about Maxtor’s 3Gb/s SATA hard drives.