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.

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.

Harvey Newman
Logo Working Group Chair

Harvey Newman earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University in 1993. He joined Broadcom Ltd. (formerly Avago Technologies and LSI Corporation) in October 2008 and left in August 2017. Involvement with SATA started with the 1.5Gbps prototype cable and connector investigation in 1999 while working at Siemens Microelectronics later spun off as Infineon Technologies. Prior to starting with Siemens Microelectronics in 1997 he worked for DATATAPE Inc. as a servo engineer. Harvey started his career in the storage industry in 1985 when he joined Electro Technology where he primarily worked as a technician repairing industrial tape recorders from Ampex.

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

Paul Wassenberg
Marketing Workgroup Chair

Paul has over 20 years of experience in data storage and has been deeply involved with storage interface technology, including SATA since its inception. Early in his career, he was a storage controller designer, before moving into Marketing in the HDD industry, and eventually into storage semiconductors. Paul previously was the position of Director, Product Marketing with Marvell Semiconductor. In that role, he had the responsibility for transceiver technology and HDD/SSD storage standards, including SATA, SAS, USB, PCIe, as well as the SSD activities of JEDEC and SNIA. Within SATA-IO, Paul is active in the Marketing, PHY and Digital groups. Paul holds BSEE and MBA degrees from San Jose State University.

 

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.