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Western Digital to Demo Serial ATA Hard Drives at COMDEX

Western Digital to Demo Serial ATA Hard Drives at COMDEX

Monday Nov 12th 2001 by Network Storage Forum Staff

In a live demo with Intel, Western Digital will demonstrate fully-compliant prototype Serial ATA hard drives with native hot-plugability

Western Digital Corp. today announced it will showcase hard drives using Serial ATA during Fall Comdex during a live demonstration with Intel.

"Western Digital believes that Serial ATA will see broad adoption in the entry enterprise market starting in late 2002 and ramp to dominance in the desktop market starting in late 2003," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing at Western Digital. "We see future growth within the desktop, low-end server, and classic enterprise markets with Serial ATA."

"Serial ATA's scalable performance, hot plugability and standardized connectors is expected to allow for better integration into enterprise markets over today's parallel IDE interface and its 100 Mbyte/sec (ATA/100) transfer rates," said Darrin Bulik, technical marketing manager at Western Digital. "Suppliers of connectivity (host bus adaptors, RAID controllers) and storage solutions expect to be able to offer improved performance, connectivity, reliability, and value for the enterprise market due to Serial ATA's capabilities."

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