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STMicro to define interface standard for portable, disk drives

Posted: 23 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ce-ata? hard disk drive? flash memory?

STMicroelectronics has joined the CE-ATA initiative, a consortium of companies formed in September to define a standard interface for small form-factor disk drives that meets the needs of handheld and consumer electronic products.

The CE-ATA initiative was announced at the Intel Developer Forum held on September 9, 2004, in San Francisco, and aims to draft a derivative of the popular ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) disk-drive interface specification tailored for portable consumer electronics (CE) products such as portable audio players that incorporate miniature hard disk drives. Miniature disk drives are also being planned for use in next-generation mobile phones and other handheld consumer electronic products.

Specifically, the initiative targets miniature hard disk drives presently having 0.8-inch to 1.5-inch platters and storing from 1Gb to 60Gb of data. These disk drives continue to be more cost-effective storage devices than the solid-state flash memory used in compact flash and secure digital cards.

The CE-ATA initiative was formed by Intel, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Marvell, Seagate, and Toshiba America Information Systems. The organization expects to roll out a complete specification during the first half of 2005, with the first end products incorporating the specified technology appearing on the market several months after.

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