Serial ATA controller from IWILL
To illustrate the news about Serial ATA prospects a press release from IWILL about ways makers plan to follow to realize Serial ATA in the near future until Serial ATA controllers built into Southbridges become available.
We mentioned the new Pentium 4 motherboard P4G on the Intel 845G + ICH4 bundle the day the new chipset was announced. This board has Serial ATA interface realized through Marvell 8031 integrated controller.
There was another, more universal solution presented. An additional IWILL SATA board, plugged into a free PCI slot to get two Serial ATA ports at once in combination with any board. IWILL SATA is fully compatible with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications and support point-to-point Star Topology as well as the "hot plug" mode.
Perhaps, such PCI controllers will be popular for some time, providing the most inexpensive way of transition to Serial ATA HDDs.
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