September 2011
Volume 6, Issue 2

The following industry leaders are proud new members of SATA-IO:

Logic Devices Inc.
NetList Inc.
ORICO Technologies

In this Issue:

SATA-IO Launches New SATA Express and µSSD Specifications at Flash Memory Summit 2011

Visit SATA-IO at IDF: September 13-15, San Francisco, Calif.

Save the Date - SATA-IO's Next Plugfest and Interop Workshop in November Includes a Member Welcome Brunch!

SATA-IO Launches new SATA Express and µSSD Specifications at Flash Memory Summit 2011

SATA-IO recently announced two new specifications targeted at SSDs at the 2011 Flash Memory Summit: SATA Express™ and SATA µSSD™. Together these two specifications provide options for SSD manufacturers to cost-effectively implement high-performance SATA-based storage technology.

SATA µSSD™ offers a high-performance, low-cost, embedded storage solution for mobile computing platforms like ultra-thin laptops and tablets. The specification defines a new SATA standard electrical pin-out using a single ball grid array (BGA). The BGA package sits directly on the motherboard. By eliminating the connector the µSSD specification enables the smallest physical SATA implementation to date, making it an ideal solution for embedding storage in small form factor devices. The µSSD specification is currently available for SATA-IO members, and will be released publicly with the SATA-IO Revision 3.2 specification.

SATA Express, which is currently under development, combines SATA software infrastructure with the PCI Express® interface to deliver high-speed storage solutions for SSDs and hybrid drives. SATA Express will enable the development of new devices that utilize the PCIe® interface while maintaining compatibility with existing SATA applications, providing a cost-effective means to increase device speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s. SATA Express is expected to be complete by the end of the year and will be released as part of the Revision 3.2 specification.

Both specifications received significant attention following the Flash Memory Summit, generating more than 40 unique articles in industry publications. Visit the news and events page of the SATA-IO website to view coverage of these two announcements, and stay tuned for additional developments and opportunities to get involved.

Visit SATA-IO at IDF: September 13-15, San Francisco, Calif.

SATA-IO will once again be exhibiting at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) at the Moscone center in San Francisco, California. Visit booth #812 to learn more about the latest developments in SATA technology and see demonstrations of key SATA implementation from member companies Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate Technology, Synopsys, Toshiba and more. Demonstrations will include:

  • SATA 6Gb/s
  • mSATA™
  • SATA Universal Storage Module (USM)™

Mark Your Calendars – SATA-IO’s Next Plugfest and Interoperability Workshop Set for November 14-17 - Now including a members Welcome Brunch!

SATA-IO’s Plugfest #16 and Interoperability Workshop #11 is scheduled for this November in Milpitas, California. Plugfests are an important opportunity for companies designing SATA products to quickly and easily assess the functionality and compatibility of their products through interoperability testing, while Interoperability Workshops act as a mechanism for verifying both compliance with the SATA specification and interoperability among products in the marketplace.

On Monday of the Plugfest week, SATA-IO will be hosting a Welcome Brunch that is free for all members! Come get some free food and see demos of the latest SATA technology.

SATA-IO Welcome Brunch: Monday, November 14, 10:00 am - 12:00pm

Is your company interested in demonstrating your products at the Welcome Brunch? If so, consider sponsoring our event! SATA-IO offers various sponsor opportunities for the Welcome Brunch, Plugfest and Interop Workshop:

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Silver Sponsor ($500)
- 6-foot table at the Welcome Brunch for product demonstration.

Gold Sponsor ($1000)
- On-site logo placement on SATA-IO event signage;
- Company name listed as 'Gold Sponsor' on all pre-event advertising and SATA-IO website
- 6-foot table at the Welcome Brunch for product demonstration.

Platinum Sponsor ($5000)
- Includes all benefits of Gold sponsorship, plus:
- Logo placement for the entire event (Brunch, Plugfest/IW) and on all pre-event advertising
- Collateral/give-away item distributed to Plugfest/IW attendees with welcome package and badge pick up
- Plugfest/IW sponsor suite: Opportunity to talk with attendees and distribute company information (collateral and give-away items)
- Opportunity to use one guaranteed test slot in the Interop Workshop
- Sponsor will receive free registration for one (1) Plugfest team
- Video recording of your demo at the Welcome Brunch (for your own use, also posted on SATA-IO website)

If your company is interested in sponsoring our event, please contact SATA-IO Administration.

Registration will be opening soon. Stay tuned for additional information on these events. In the meantime, be sure to check out the training videos from our last Developers Conference for the latest updates on the SATA-IO Interoperability Program.

Want to keep in touch with other members in the SATA-IO community? Stay informed about SATA-IO news and events by joining the SATA-IO LinkedIn Group.

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

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