Feeds

Portable player drive interconnect spec completed

CE-ATA finished after just six months' work

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

IDF Spring 05 The minds behind the portable consumer electronics-specifc version of the ATA storage interconnection system have completed the final 1.0 specification, they announced today.

The publication of the CE-ATA spec, just six months after the project was launched - progress categorised as "remarkable" by CE-ATA working group chairman Knut Grimsrud - paves the way for the arrival of compliant devices by the end of the year.

CE-ATA is intended to offer a more suitable way of hooking up a hard drive to battery powered cameras, media players, PDAs and the like than standard ATA or CompactFlash, the interconnects usually used in such applications today.

The spec mandates a low pin count, low voltage bus that's power efficient, cheap and small enough to fit inside compact portable devices.

CE-ATA is backed through the technology's Promoter Group by key storage vendors Seagate, Hitachi and Toshiba, all of whom are aggressively pitching compact hard drive products at CE manufacturers. Intel and Marvell are interested in the chips needed to control the new bus, and Nokia is in the PG as a potential device maker. Some 45 other companies, together with the PG members, make up the format's Working Group, incorporated last September. ®

Related stories

Hitachi hikes consumer disk production
Seagate, Hitachi launch 1in 6GB HDDs
Hitachi brings IDE to 1.8in HDD line
Western Digital hops on 1in HDD bandwagon
Seagate hints at job cuts despite 'strong' quarter
It's official: storage is the new chips

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.