August 1, 2001

New hard-disk standard splits industry

Author: JT Smith

One constant for the PC industry during the last six years has been the ATA hard disk standard, but with the introduction of Maxtor's new ATA-133 storage standard, that could change. ATA-133 was designed to bridge the gap between ATA-100 and Serial ATA; the latter having been delayed for 12 months so far by Intel. Intel and Seagate have both announced that they have no plans to support ATA-133, with some smaller chipmakers still on the fence. For the first time since 1994, we have a standards split in the storage industry, an event that's sure to make system upgrades more irritating for everyone. Full story at eWEEK.

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