Mini hard drive interface proposed

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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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