AMD's SB800 to have SATA 3 support

AMD Southbridge SB800 chips to include built-in Serial ATA 3 support

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AMD's SB800 to have SATA 3 support SATA 3 drives are expected to hit the market in September of this year.
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  June 23, 2009

Windows Middle East has learnt from industry insiders that AMD’s forthcoming SB800 Southbridge chip will likely feature built-in Serial ATA 3 support. The Southbridge is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2010.

The Serial ATA 3 standard was officially released on 27th May 2009 and increases channel bandwidth from 3Gbits/sec to 6Gbits/sec. The new standard also includes updated Native Command Queuing (NCQ) technology and allows for smaller interface connectors. The latter is useful when designing 1.8-inch storage devices.

Industry insiders reckon Intel Southbridges featuring a built-in SATA3 controller will become available several months after AMD unleashes its SB800. Because of this, Windows expects motherboard vendors interested in featuring SATA 3 support on their Intel motherboards will turn to third party vendors such as Marvell.

SATA 3 drives are expected to hit the market in September of this year and Seagate is expected to be the first storage manufacturer out the door with compatible drives.

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