SAN FRANCISCO, CA., April 9, 2001 — The SCSI Trade Association (STA), the member-run industry group, established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that its new Ultra320 SCSI web site is online and available to visitors. Included on the Ultra320 SCSI page are the trademark licensing program, a white paper and an FAQ. In addition, as STA member companies and non-member SCSI vendors make Ultra320 SCSI products available to the market, the products will be listed in the product section of the STA web site under Ultra320 SCSI, where a resident search engine will quickly find the requested product. All products are listed under the SCSI generation (Ultra160, Ultra320), vendor name and product category, with a link to the vendor. The search engine also locates SCSI documents and topics throughout the site.
The Ultra320 SCSI logo licensing program is available to SCSI vendors who are readying product, packaging or promotional items for product introductions or trade shows. The quick and easy licensing process for the Ultra320 SCSI logo is explained on the web site. It is available to both members and non-members of STA.
Ultra320 SCSI is the seventh and newest generation of SCSI technology. It operates at 320 MBytes/sec, doubling the data rate of the previous generation, Ultra160 SCSI. An important new feature of Ultra320 SCSI is paced data transfer, which includes packetization, Quick Arbitrate and Selection (QAS), a free running clock, driver pre-compensation, skew compensation and training patterns at the start of a transfer series. All Ultra320 SCSI devices support packetized protocol. Additional features are domain validation and the optional receiver Adjustable Active Filter (AAF). Expander communications techniques have also been defined.
Paul Aloisi, president of the SCSI Trade Association, commented, “Ultra320 SCSI is the most powerful and highly featured SCSI generation to date. The first generation of SCSI products ran at five MBytes/sec, in contrast to the current speed of 320 MBytes/sec. SCSI data rates have increased over the years to stay abreast of disk drive speeds. Ultra320 SCSI features make it the most versatile and flexible high-end storage I/O technology on the market and with its popularity and large installed base, we expect it to continue to serve the needs of the industry for many years to come.”
The SCSI Trade Association was established in 1995 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the market. STA also promotes the understanding and use of SCSI technology and influences the evolution of the standard to meet industry needs in the future. The association has an eleven-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications, Technology and Web Site Committees. For more information, please visit the web site at http://www.scsita.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the STA office at (415) 750-8351 or send a fax to 415-751-4829. Technical questions for the SCSI expert may be submitted by filling out the form on the STA web site (click on SCSI Expert) and will be answered via direct email.
The STA logo, the Ultra320 SCSI logo and the SCSI 20th anniversary logo are trademarks of the SCSI Trade Association.
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