Work Group Chairs

SATA-IO has created the following Work Groups to assist with further development and promotion of SATA technology and the SATA-IO organization.  SATA-IO invites all members who wish to be involved in contributing to the essential work of SATA-IO to join a Work Group.  Contact the Work Group Chair if you would like to participate.

CabCon Focus Group  Charter – To develop and sustain specifications containing all the necessary cables and connectors that applicable to the Serial ATA applications.

Digital Focus Group  Charter – To develop and sustain specifications containing the underlying architecture of the Serial ATA protocol excluding the definition of physical characteristics (electrical, cable & connector definition).

Logo Group  Charter – To develop, and define the Interoperability Program, consisting of a Policy, Test and Interoperability requirements.

Marketing Group  Charter – To define, promote and drive the benefits of Serial ATA technology and the SATA-IO organization to meet the needs of system builders, storage providers and component suppliers today.   

Phy Group  Charter – To develop and sustain the electrical characteristics of the physical layer of the Serial ATA interface.

Technical Integration Group  Charter – To address technical tasks requiring expertise and input that spans the various existing technical disciplines and committees. Incorporates material into consolidated specifications based on approved technical proposals and errata developed within the other technical focus groups into a single document for publication.

John Calvin
Logo Work Group Chair

John Calvin currently is the chairman of the Serial ATA International Organization’s Interoperability working group. John is a Technical Marketing Manager at VTM Group.  Previously, John was a principal engineer at Tektronix where he has worked for over 14 years, with a focus on high speed serial measurements solutions for industry standards. He has worked as a contributor to SATA testing since 2000. John holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and has been awarded 6 patents in measurement-related technology.

 

Logo Working Group charter: To develop, and define the SATA-IO Interoperability Program, consisting of a Policy, Test and Interoperability requirements.

Frank Chu
CabCon Work Group Chair

Frank Chu is a member of SATA-IO Board of Director and the chair person for SATA-IO Cable and Connector technical committee. Frank is also active in the JEDEC Standards activities and is currently the chair of JC42,4 JTG. Frank is a senior engineer at HGST’sSan Jose Research Center. Frank’s responsibilities including storage interface standards, low power consumption, and storage architecture. Frank holds MSEE from Stanford University and MBA from Santa Clara University. Frank has been awarded 6 US Patents in the field of storage architecture and others.

 

CabCon Working Group charter: Develop and sustain specifications containing all the necessary cables and connectors that applicable to the SATA-IO applications.

Jim Hatfield
Digital Work Group Chair and Technical Integration Work Group Chair

Jim Hatfield, Sr. Staff Firmware Engineer for Seagate Technology, is an active leader in storage standards development. For SATA-IO, he currently chairs the Digital and Technical Integration working groups. Jim is vice-chair of T13 and is the chair of a TCG working group. Jim is an active and vocal participant in T10 (SAT), IEEE 1667 and other industry forums. Jim joined Seagate in 2002, to develop firmware and to promote and extend industry standards.

After earning a B.A in Math and Computer Science from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1977, Jim has mainly worked in the storage industry. He began with writing a standalone OS on a mini-computer to emulate an IBM mainframe, and device drivers to go with it (printer, clock, CRT, card reader, etc.) and tests for mainframe disk drives. Jim pioneered the development of firmware and register- and bus-level hardware simulations of mainframe SSD, disk and RAID controllers. In addition, he wrote general applications for management and created a functional DBMS before they were common-place. He and a partner created an OS that emulated a major IBM OS that ran in a mainframe OS virtual machine and controlled a mainframe automated tape library. With the dawn of PCs, Jim transitioned to translating one *NIX flavor to others, and translating one SQL dialect to others. After longing to return to the storage industry, Jim found a new career writing firmware for ATAPI and SCSI tape drives before joining Seagate to write ATA disk firmware.

 

Digital Working Group charter: Develop and sustain specifications containing the underlying architecture of the Serial ATA protocol excluding the definition of physical characteristics (electrical, cable & connector definition).

Technical Integration Working Group charter: Address technical tasks requiring expertise and input that spans the various existing technical disciplines and committees. Incorporates material into consolidated specifications based on approved technical proposals and errata developed within the other technical focus groups. As part of the consolidation, the team is responsible for identifying any discrepancies or issues and reporting those back to the responsible technical team for resolution.

The workgroup does not change technical content or requirements of the material being consolidated. The role of the Technical Integration team is to faithfully capture the technical proposals and errata developed within the other technical focus groups into a single document for publicaiton.

Chuck Hill
Phy Work Group Chair

Mr. Hill has a long history in the area of serial data interfaces. After graduating from Stanford University with a BSEE and MSEE specializing in statistical signal processing and circuits and devices, he went to work for Argo Systems in Sunnyvale, designing a serial data receiver for a surveillance system. Then, he joined Hewlett-Packard working on instruments for analog parametrics, protocol analysis, and microprocessor emulators. In 1991, he became an independent consultant specializing in analog design, microwave design, signal integrity, and EMI and RFI. Working for Quantum he worked on signal integrity and IC driver issues for ATA-33, 66, 100, and 133. In 2001, he participated in the early Serial ATA development in the Phy area. In 2004, he became the Phy working group chair. 

Phy Working Group charter: Develop and sustain the electrical characteristics of the physical layer of the SATA-IO interface.

Eric Pickering
Marketing Work Group Chair

Eric has over 20 years of computer industry experience working with data storage starting with Sony Electronics with pre-IDE floppy disk drives and SCSI digital data storage, advanced intelligent tape, CD-ROM, write once, magneto optical and hard disk drives where he excelled in OEM customer tech support and as product engineer.

Throughout his career, Eric developed broad and deep experience working at Intel in several design and validation roles. He also worked at Agilent Technologies in test and measurement, at HP and HP contract manufacturing in process engineering. Early in his career he worked in marketing and operations at a family owned statewide business. Eric also leveraged his US Navy/Naval Reserve RF and electro-mechanical training and experience in his storage technology work. Eric earned his BSCS and MBA while working full-time in the tech industry.

Currently at Intel, Eric provides next generation IA core platform power optimization design and enabling for customer platforms; he was also the Intel 4th generation (Haswell) Client Application Engineer (CAE) for SATA hardware. He continues to contribute to OEM customer enabling collateral, training and power optimization debug tool development for the entire SoC ecosystem including all device end-points. Prior to CAE, he was a SATA validation engineer on Intel 3rd generation (Sandy Bridge) and Haswell projects. For Haswell, he optimized the physical layer and successfully passed SATA compliance testing for SATA-IO building blocks section. Eric currently is active in the SATA-IO Marketing working group.

 

Marketing Working Group purpose: The marketing team’s purpose is to define, promote and drive the benefits of Serial ATA technology and the SATA-IO organization to meet the needs of system builders, storage providers and component suppliers today.