Mini hard drive interface proposed


Miniature hard drives are appearing in many devices from MP3 players to cell phones. The little giants currently hold as much as 20 gigabytes of data, with a 30 GB drive due to appear from Toshiba later this year.A consortium of companies (Intel, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Marvell Semiconductor, Seagate Technology and Toshiba America Information Systems) has proposed a new interface for optimizing communications with these little disk drives. The new interface is called CE-ATA and is being designed to make better use of cost, size, and power consumption on mobile devices, such as Windows CE based designs.

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