SAS products to be available in fourth quarter

San Francisco (CA) - The SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced that it has completed several interoperability milestones during its June SAS plugfest, indicating that first SAS products will be commercially available before Christmas this year.

The plugfest, held on June 23 and 24 was attended by seventeen members of the industry consortium, including Adaptec, Fujitsu CPA, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi GST, Intel, LSI Logic, Maxtor, Seagate, Vitesse and Western Digital. All companies supplied components to test interoperability. The devices included host bus adapters, hard disk drives, backplanes, cables, connectors, expanders, analyzers and testers, the SAS said.

"This was the second successful SAS plugfest and it puts the industry in an excellent position to ship production products later this year. SAS continues to move forward and is on schedule to meet the originally conceived market introduction of 4th quarter, 2004," said Harry Mason President of the STA Board of Directors and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI Logic. The special SAS/SATA two-day test session focused on the goal of ensuring that SATA products will interoperate seamlessly in SAS systems."

"The industry transition to serial interfaces in all hard disk drive markets may be inevitable and inescapable, but the careful creation of solid and reliable SAS/SATA configurations will remain crucial to widespread enterprise market acceptance," stated John Monroe, research vice president at consulting firm Gartner, in a prepared statement. Gartner believes that SAS will remain the most widely integrated hard disk drive interface in multi-user environments in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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