February 2016
Volume 11, Issue 1

Join the SATA conversation!

Stay up-to-date with SATA-IO news and developments by following us on LinkedIn:

LinkedIn - Serial ATA International Organization

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

In this issue:

SATA Revision 3.3 Specification Now Available

2016-2017 Board of Directors Election - Nomination Period Open

SATA Revision 3.3 Specification Now Available

SATA-IO is pleased to announce availability of the Serial ATA Specification Revision 3.3 for members. The newly ratified document contains enhancements that enable higher capacity, reliability and flexibility for SATA-based products.

Members may access the specification for free in the Members Only area.

New developments within Specification Revision 3.3 include:

  • Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) support to facilitate high capacity drives.
  • Power Disable allows for remote power cycling of SATA drives to help ease maintenance in the data center.
  • A transmitter emphasis specification increases interoperability and reliability in electrically demanding environments.
  • Activity indicator and staggered spin-up can be controlled by the same pin, adding flexibility and providing users with more choices. 

The price for non-member specification access was adjusted to $75 to be more in line with fees from other similar organizations. Non-members will be able to purchase the new specification shortly.  

In conjunction with the latest specification release, SATA-IO recently published the new Unified Test Document (UTD) 1.5, which defines the compliance test requirements used at SATA Interoperability Workshops. This document includes mechanical tests for mSATA and SATA M.2, as well as tests for the new Transmitter Emphasis specification. Additional information on the UTD 1.5 can be found here.      

Contact SATA-IO Administration with any questions.

2016-2017 Board of Directors Election - Nomination Period Open

The nomination period for the 2016-2017 SATA-IO Board of Directors is now open!

Per the Bylaws, the SATA-IO maintains nine Directors on its Board. Of these nine, four of the Directors will remain on the Board – Dell, Intel, Microsemi and Seagate. The remaining five Director positions are to be elected/re-elected each year.

If you would like to suggest up to two individuals, who are employed by a member company for possible nomination, please complete the SATA-IO Board of Directors Nomination Form and return it to SATA-IO via email or fax (fax # 503-644-6708) by March 1, 2016.  

Additionally, please complete a one page summary of each nominee addressing the criteria listed below. 

  • Qualifications of the individual nominated.
  • Active participation by the individual’s member company in the activities of SATA-IO during the past year.
  • Clear indication of technical and marketing resources the member company could invest in SATA-IO activities.
  • The member company’s commitment to producing SATA products.
  • Willingness to meet the additional dues requirements as outlined in the membership agreement.

From the nominations received, the current Board will select no more than 12 final candidates to be included on the ballot. The SATA-IO members will then be sent an email ballot which will be due back in early April.  The results of the election will be announced at the Annual Members Meeting webinar on April 13, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please contact SATA-IO Administration.

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

SATA-IO Administration

If you no longer wish to receive emails from SATA-IO, please respond with 'UNSUBSCRIBE' in the body of your email.