March 2017
Volume 12, Issue 1

Welcome, New SATA-IO Members!

The following industry leaders recently joined the SATA-IO :

ADATA Technology Co., Ltd.

Biwin Storage Technology Limited

Delkin Devices, Ltd.

Elecom Co., Ltd.

GuiZhou Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology Co. Ltd.

Maxiotek Corp.


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

In this issue:

Feature Your SATA Solutions at Flash Memory Summit and Storage Visions

2017-2018 Board of Directors Election - Nomination Period Open

SATA-IO Annual Members Meeting - April 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. PDT

Support SATA-IO's Marketing and Educational Activities

Member Call to Action!

Feature Your SATA Solutions at Flash Memory Summit 2017

SATA-IO will exhibit at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit (FMS), August 8-10 in Santa Clara, CA. We’re planning to showcase the continued evolution of the SATA specification as well as the wide variety of SATA-based solutions. These products may include SATA SSDs, SMR HDDs, SATA M.2 cards, mSATA, Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs) and more.

Furthermore, we recognize that many of our member companies will be exhibiting and announcing new SATA solutions at the show. Be sure to send us your official product press release ahead of time and we’ll promote your news on the SATA-IO website and to FMS attendees onsite. 

If your company is interested in providing a SATA product display for our booth at FMS or would like to share an upcoming announcement, contact the SATA-IO press team:

Feature Your SATA Solutions at Storage Visions Conference 2017

SATA-IO will also be exhibiting at the Storage Visions Conference 2017, October 16 in Milpitas, CA. If the timing of this event is more suitable for providing product displays or announcements to SATA-IO, let us know! 

If your company is interested in providing a SATA product display for our booth at the conference or would like to share an upcoming announcement, contact the SATA-IO press team:

2017-2018 Board of Directors Election - Nomination Period Open

The nomination period for the 2017-2018 SATA-IO Board of Directors is now open!

Per the Bylaws, the SATA-IO maintains seven Directors on its Board.  Of these seven, four of the Directors will remain on the Board – Dell, Intel, Microsemi and Seagate.  The remaining 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 attached form and return it to SATA-IO via email or fax (fax # 503-644-6708) by March 28, 2017.  Additionally, please complete a one page summary of each nominee addressing the criteria listed below. 
Relevant criteria for Director Candidate selection includes:

  • 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 in April.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

SATA-IO Annual Members Meeting - April 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. PDT

Please save the date for the Annual SATA-IO Members Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PDT) via webinar. The Annual SATA-IO Members Meeting will be an opportunity for employees of member companies to learn about the latest developments and events happening within SATA-IO. 

Tentative Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to SATA-IO
  • Meet Your Board of Directors
  • Membership Status
  • President's Perspective
  • How You Can Participate
  • Q&A Session

Webinar Information: To be published on the SATA-IO website closer to the event.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for the Annual SATA-IO Members Meeting webinar!  Additional reminders and information will be distributed closer to the event.

Support SATA-IO's Marketing and Educational Activities

The SATA-IO Marketing Working Group (MWG) is tasked with developing new initiatives that educate the storage community about SATA technology and highlighting the membership benefits of SATA-IO. There is currently a dedicated core driving these efforts, but the MWG is always looking for additional members to contribute their expertise to its mission. Current initiatives within the MWG include:

  • Creation of insightful SATA focused contributed articles for industry publications and media outlets
  • Development of key messages and positioning surrounding the future of SATA technology
  • Collection of recent member whitepapers and technical resources for promotion over SATA-IO’s communication channels
  • Coordination of event presence and speaking opportunities at leading industry conferences

By joining and participating in the MWG, you can guide the SATA-IO’s marketing and educational programs, while also being up-to-date on the many ways to promote your company’s SATA expertise. The MWG holds a bi-weekly (alternating Tuesday mornings) call where members and the SATA PR team collaborate on ways to showcase SATA, such as pursuing speaking opportunities, developing new educational resources and shaping SATA-IO’s presence at popular industry events.

To join, login to Causeway and access the MWG on the Your Workgroup Memberships page.   

Member Call to Action!

Let us know what topics or stories you have to share in this space! We are looking for interesting SATA-IO related topics and case studies to inform our members the media with the rapid and consistent changes happening in the storage industry.

Join us now in highlighting all the exciting developments going on with SATA products and solutions. Send us your article ideas, topics, case studies and content for promotion – every idea will be considered!

Please email

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

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