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Letter Ballot Achieves Commitment to Deliver Specification to Industry On-time

San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2002 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced today that the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Technical Committee T10, has completed its work on the Serial Attached SCSI specification and has released the letter ballot. The letter ballot marks a significant milestone in the standardization process and meets the year-end forecast established by working committees over a year ago. In addition to the significance of this event in formalizing the specification, it also marks the beginning of the implementation phase of Serial Attached SCSI during which companies will solidify their designs.

Contributed article that appeared in December 2002 issue of Computer Technology Review
by: Harry Mason, LSI Logic

The move to serially connected storage devices, primarily disk drives, is irrefutable. While today's installed base is relatively small and consists of a few million Fibre Channel drives, new interfaces that service a greater percentage of the storage market promises to change all of that. The number of serially connected storage devices deployed over the next four years could be well in excess of 100million drives!

VLSI integration and the advances of high-speed serial transceiver technology are rapidly driving the industry toward these versatile connection schemes. The advantages of these serial connections are many: smaller form factors, more flexible and thinner cabling, less weight, more predictable/reliable signaling mechanisms, and topologies that promise to scale with the needs of the end-users.

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Serial Schemes Eyed for Disk Storage

Contributed article written for the October 28, 2002 issue of Electronic Engineering Times
by: Marty Czekalski, Maxtor

The current state of the industry for device-level storage attachment requires system designers to develop multiple solutions for a full range of storage price/performance options. With the advent of Serial Attached SCSI, designers can use a common infrastructure to attach Serial Attached SCSI disks for performance-oriented, enterprise-class applications, or Serial ATA (SATA) disks for cost-optimized applications, or both.

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SCSI Passive Interconnect Performance

SCSI Passive Interconnect Performance (PDF)
Paul Aloisi, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Texas Instruments
Board Member of SCSI Trade Association

The SCSI Passive Interconnect Performance (PIP) standard establishes the test methods for bulk cables, cable assemblies and backplanes. It provides a method of measuring and validating the passive components in the SCSI system to ensure operation at higher speeds. The SCSI standards in the past have specified only bulk cable rules. There were no rules or guidelines for cable assemblies and backplanes.

San Francisco, August 5, 2002 - The SCSI Trade Association, a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, will be represented by Dave Anderson, Director of Strategic Planning for Seagate (a STA member company), at SAN East in Washington D.C., August 13-15, 2002. Dave will appear in the following program events:

Standardization Process Supports Product Deployment in 2004

San Francisco, CA and Washington, D.C. May 6, 2002 - The SCSI Trade Association (STA) and the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that the Serial Attached SCSI proposal presented to INCITS Technical Committee T10 at their May 2 meeting was accepted and that T10 voted to develop a Serial Attached SCSI standard. T10 is responsible for developing and maintaining all SCSI standards for INCITS. STA's ultimate goal is the acceptance of Serial Attached SCSI as an international technology standard.

Signal Integrity Issues to Consider When Upgrading to Ultra320 SCSI (PDF)
When upgrading an Ultra160 SCSI system to Ultra320 SCSI, there are several issues that you need to be aware of or your system will not function at the speed that Ultra320 SCSI promises. This white paper, contributed by Seagate, provides advice on what to watch for and how to make and measure adjustments to signal integrity margining.

Most developers would like to implement Ultra320 Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) by plugging in a new Ultra320 Host Bus Adapter (HBA) and new Ultra320 SCSI drives in place of the corresponding Ultra160 SCSI components. There are, however, several additional issues that need to be resolved before one can be assured that they have a reliable new system operating at twice the data rate of the old. Software, firmware and protocol issues must be addressed, resolved and verified. This paper deals with one of the basic sets of parameters that need to be determined regarding the environment in which the new equipment is operating.

Serial Attached SCSI Working Group Selects STA to Support Development and Promotion of Serial Technology

Monterey, CA., Feb. 4, 2002 -- The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry group established to support and promote SCSI technology, and the Serial Attached SCSI Working Group today announced that STA will define the marketing requirements for the Serial Attached SCSI specification and will promote the technology to the industry. The STA Board of Directors voted unanimously in December to bring Serial Attached SCSI into the organization and to fully support the development and promotion of the technology. Marketing and business development teams from the two groups met in Houston at the STA annual meeting on January 16 to finalize the details.