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STA Schedules June 23-24 SAS/SATA “Interop Days”

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New STA Membership Opportunity Offered for Non-member Attendees to the SAS/SATA Test Session

San Francisco, May 10, 2004 – The SCSI Trade Association (STA), a member-run industry consortium established to support and promote SCSI technology, announced that a special test session on June 23-24 has been scheduled during the next Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) plugfest to test the interoperability of Serial ATA (SATA) products operating within a SAS component infrastructure. The special session is open to non-member vendors for $2,000, and is expected to be a recurring event at each subsequent SAS plugfest.

To accommodate non-members that wish to play a larger role in the plugfest, STA has established a new membership class designated as Interop Member, which offers substantial discounts to repeat plugfest attendees. Vendors who join STA as an Interop Member prior to June 7 will be eligible to attend the June 23-24 session at no charge. To learn the various membership payment options, session attendance credits and benefits of the new Interop Membership, please visit the STA web site at

Harry Mason, President of the STA Board of Directors and Director of Industry Marketing, LSI Logic, commented, “The overwhelming interest in the first SAS plugfest held in March prompted the STA Board of Directors to establish this new Interop Membership class. The benefits of the new membership class are significant, but the most important benefit is to ensure that SATA products can interoperate with emerging SAS implementations. STA has made attendance possible for any company that wants to take advantage of the opportunity.”

The new Interop Membership class has been added to the existing STA membership classes, which currently include Sponsor, Principal and Promotional Membership categories. For more information on all STA membership classes and particularly the new Interop Member class, please visit the STA web site at the address given above.

The second STA plugfest has been scheduled for the week of June 21-25 at UNH-IOL. STA is planning additional plugfests later in the year, also to be hosted by UNH-IOL. Interop members will be eligible to attend plugfests held later in the year.

About the SCSI Trade Association
STA was established in 1995 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the industry. STA promotes the understanding and use of SCSI technology and influences the evolution of SCSI standards to meet future industry needs. The Association has an eight-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications and Technology Committees and all STA activities. For more information, please visit the STA web site at, send an email to or call the STA office at (415) 561-6273.

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