STMicroelectronics has unveiled a multi-interface physical layer interface for SATA drives for mobile desktop HDD PCs that it said will double the maximum data transfer speed from 3 Gbps to 6 Gbps.
The launch coincided with the official announcement by the SATA International Organization of the new specification.
STMicro said it is built on 65 nm technology and offers a 35% reduction in die size and a 30% reduction in power consumption. It said it also provides enhanced jitter tolerance and lower transmit jitter.
The Switzerland-based company said the 6 Gbps SATA PHY is an IP block that can be integrated with other functions in low-power system-on-chip devices supporting 1,5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, and 6 Gbps SATA hard disk drives for mobile and desktop computing applications.
Vittorio Peduto, general manager of STMicro's data storage division, said: "As consumers store ever-increasing amounts of music, photographs, videos, and other multimedia files on their hard disks, they require faster data transfer rates. ST has worked closely with the SATA-IO organisation to ensure that it can manufacture and deliver a proven solution to HDD manufacturers at the earliest possible time."