SSDs to stick with SATA 'for quite a while'

New NVMHCI interface is faster, but SATA 3.0 will double its speed -- and extend its life

One reason: The new SATA 3.0 standard will double its maximum bandwidth, up to 6 Gb per second. Grimsrud said PC vendors will likely prefer to adopt it over NVMHCI due to their familiarity with "existing infrastructure."

Stefan Hellmold, vice-president for marketing and business development at Seagate Corp., which plans to release its first SSDs next year, said the time taken for the new standards to catch on is always underestimated.

"People have the wrong expectations for how long it takes stuff to happen," Hellmold told Computerworld at WinHEC. "Do we need an interface change [for SSDs]? Yes, but this is a 5 to 10 year process. It's not going to happen in a year."

Grimsrud said he expects the first use of NVMHCI would be for flash memory embedded into the motherboards of netbooks and laptops. Such embedded storage would compliment the main storage.

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