Handheld drive interface

A new initiative to define a storage interface tailored to the unique needs of handheld and portable consumer electronic devices is underway.

A new initiative to define a storage interface tailored to the unique needs of handheld and portable consumer electronic devices is underway, led by Intel Corporation, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Marvell Semiconductor, Seagate Technology and Toshiba America Information Systems.

The companies are jointly defining a standard interface for small form factor disk drives that addresses the requirements of the handheld and consumer electronics (CE) market segments, including low pin count, low voltage, power efficiency, cost effectiveness and integration efficiency.

Dubbed the CE-ATA, the new specification is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2005.

“No disk drive interface exists today that is tailored to the needs of the handheld and CE market segments, so disk drives have had to make do with other interface alternatives that are complex and cumbersome or simply ill-suited to meet the needs of disk drives in space and power constrained tiny handhelds,” said Knut Grimsrud, Intel’s CE-ATA senior principal engineer.

The first products supporting the new CE-ATA specification are expected to be available several months after the specification is wrapped up.

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