August 2016
Volume 11, Issue 4

Welcome, New SATA-IO Member!

The following industry leader recently joined the SATA-IO :

ASolid Technology Co., Ltd.

Dongguan ShuangYi Electronic Technology Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Longsys Electronics Co., Ltd.
Via Alliance Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

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

In this issue:

Event Recap: Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Santa Clara, CA

UTD 1.4 Phase-Out - 12/15/2016

SATA-IO Board and Work Group Chair Transitions

New Storage Industry Research - SATA Is Everywhere...Really!

Event Recap: Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Santa Clara, CA

Earlier this month, SATA-IO joined a network of leading storage companies and experts at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2016 to update the industry on SATA’s continued evolution. The SATA-IO hosted a booth to highlight the new SATA Revision 3.3 Specification features that enable higher capacity, reliability and flexibility for SATA-based products, including support for Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR). SATA-IO representatives were on hand to answer press and attendee questions about SATA and discuss the technology’s strong position across the storage market segments.

Further demonstrating the technology’s diverse portfolio of applications, members also provided a variety of SATA products for display at the booth:

  • 1.8” SATA SSD
  • 2.5” SATA SSDs
  • 3.5” SATA SMR HDD
  • 2.5” SATA HDD
  • SATA M.2 SSDs
  • SATA Controllers
  • SATA Test Platform

A special thank you to all of the members that contributed their time and products to our presence at FMS! As a reminder, if your company is unable to attend an event that SATA-IO is exhibiting at, you can still display your SATA products at our booth. Contact for details for next year.

UTD 1.4 Phase-Out - 12/15/2016

To ensure the highest level of compatibility amongst SATA products, the SATA-IO board has will phase-out the SATA Unified Test Document (UTD) v1.4 testing guidelines by December 15, 2016. After that date, SATA-IO qualified independent test labs and self-certified companies can only submit test results (to SATA-IO) for products per UTD v1.5 testing guidelines.

The main changes from UTD v1.4 to UTD v1.5 are as follows:

  • Added SATA Gen3 (6 Gbps) TX Emphasis test and made it normative (TSG-17)
  • Incorporated SATA M.2 mechanical testing
  • Corrected UTD test OOB-06 values for devices and hosts
  • Implemented editorial corrections and changes

For additional details on UTD 1.5, visit: .

Please refer questions and comments to the SATA-IO Administration.

SATA-IO Board and Work Group Chair Transitions

We would like to congratulate Paul Wassenberg on his new role as the President of the SATA-IO. Paul has over 20 years of experience in data storage and has been deeply involved with storage interface technology, including SATA since its inception. Paul currently holds the position of Director, Product Marketing with Marvell Semiconductor. In that role, he has responsibility for transceiver technology and HDD/SSD storage standards, including SATA, SAS, USB, PCIe, as well as the SSD activities of JEDEC and SNIA.

We would also like to congratulate Eric Pickering on becoming the SATA-IO Marketing Workgroup Chair. Eric has over 20 years of computer industry experience working with data storage. 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.

New Storage Industry Research Paper - SATA Is Everywhere...Really!

A new research paper by TRENDFOUS’ Vice President Don Jeanette highlights the various reasons why the SATA interface is, and will remain the most dominant interface in the storage industry for the foreseeable future. To learn more about SATA’s position in both the HDD and SSD markets and how it will continue to be a major interface deployed across all storage segments, visit the SATA-IO Technical Library and read the SATA is Everywhere… Really! research paper today.

Please submit any future article ideas and topics to Eric Pickering, SATA-IO Marketing Chair, Intel

SATA-IO Administration

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