August 2014
Volume 9, Issue 7

Welcome A New SATA-IO Member!

The following industry leader recently became a proud new member of SATA-IO:

Annapurna Labs Ltd.






Welcome to the SATA-IO newsletter! Stay current with SATA-IO activities, news items and upcoming events.

In this issue:

Event Recap: SATA-IO at Flash Memory Summit 2014
FMS Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts Event: The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions

Event Recap: SATA-IO at Flash Memory Summit 2014

SATA-IO sponsored and exhibited at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit (FMS), Aug. 5-7 in Santa Clara. With almost 5,000 attendees, the event highlighted the mainstream applications, key technologies and leading vendors that are driving the multi-billion dollar non-volatile memory and SSD markets.

SATA-IO’s booth showcased the continued evolution of SATA technologies and solutions. We featured a wide range of SATA-based products and technologies, including a live SATA Express demonstration, M.2 and mSATA SSDs, SATA microSSDs, SATA HDDs and SATA-based Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs). Thank you to the following members for contributing their time and products to our exhibit:

  • ASUS
  • Greenliant Systems
  • HGST
  • Intel
  • Kingston
  • Marvell
  • Micron
  • SanDisk
  • Seagate
  • Sonnet Technologies
  • TE Connectivity

FMS Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts Event: The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions

SATA-IO Marketing Work Group Chair Paul Wassenberg led a SATA Express discussion at the Flash Memory Summit Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts event. Below are the five most frequently asked questions from attendees at the SATA Express table, complete with Paul’s answers:

When will SATA Express replace SATA?

SATA and SATA Express will co-exist for a long time, as SATA has a very large installed base and is more than adequate for HDDs for the foreseeable future.

Is SATA protocol used for SATA Express?

No. A PCIe drive, as defined in the SATA Express specification, is pure PCIe.

Is SATA Express only about PCIe?

SATA Express defines an ecosystem that supports SATA and PCIe. A SATA Express-compliant host can connect to and function with a SATA drive or a PCIe drive with a SATA Express connector.

Which host controller interface is recommended for SATA Express – AHCI or NVME?

AHCI was developed 10+ years ago and did not even consider solid state storage. NVMe was developed specifically for PCIe SSDs and enables optimal performance.

Is M.2 part of SATA Express?

No. While M.2 has similar attributes, the SATA Express specification defines connectors for 2.5/3.5-inch devices and is focused on those form factors.

Stay informed of past and upcoming SATA-IO events by visiting the SATA-IO Events page.

Please submit any future article ideas and topics to Paul Wassenberg, SATA-IO Marketing Chair, Marvell

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