Maxtor introduces 3Gb/s SATA II Interface

by Keith

Maxtor 3Gb/s Interface

Maxtor Corporation, one of the world’s leading hard disk drive manufacturer, will be introducing the 3Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface on its *Maxtor MaXLine III (enterprise ATA applications) and DiamondMax 10 (desktop) hard drives. These 7,200 rpm drives include a capacity up to 300GB, with up to 16MB buffer, and also a comprehensive set of SATA II features, such as native command queuing (NCQ), staggered spin up, hot-plug capability and asynchronous signal recovery.

The new introduction of 3Gb/s SATA interface will double the maximum transfer rate from the original industry standard of 1.5Gb/s SATA interface. As such, the performance becomes prominent when operated in multi-drive environment where bandwidth is aggregated. Gary Gentry, senior vice president, worldwide marketing at Maxtor, commented that “The 3Gb/s SATA interface combined with SATA II features is designed to provide users with enhanced performance, connectivity, data availability and storage management capabilities.”

Many PC and storage subsystem manufacturers are expected to deploy 3.0Gb/s SATA products in 2006 to take advantage of the increased interface speed and a richer feature set. Maxtor’s introduction of 3.0Gb/s SATA into its award-winning product portfolio positions it to support industry needs for the new interface across multiple markets.

Maxtor claims that its hard drives with the SATA 3Gb/s interface will also be available in retail later this year for consumers who want to upgrade their PCs for an improved multimedia, gaming or overall computing experience.

Although I have yet to get my hands laid on these fast SATA drives, I believe with a maximum of 3Gb/s throughput, no one can resist the amount of data it can transfer between the storage media and the processing unit, especially for those which work in huge intensive graphics, extreme gaming and multimedia experiences.

Check out Maxtor website today for more information about its ground-breaking 3Gb/s Interface.

* Image shown is Maxtor MaXLine III Hard disk drive

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