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Seagate and AMD Demo 6 Gbps SATA

SCOTTS VALLEY, CALIF.: Seagate and Advanced Micro Devices demonstrated 6 Gbps serial ATA transfer at a conference in New Orleans, the companies said this week. Seagate, maker of hard drives, and AMD, a microprocessing concern, demoed the technology at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference.

The 6 Gbps SATA interface is the fastest yet developed for widespread transfer of content on PCs. It’s backward compatible with 3 and 1.5 Gbps SATA interfaces. Heavy-duty transfer speeds are becoming integral in handling digital video and the various elements used to enhance it.

Seagate provides expanded storage devices for the Dish Network’s DVR-enabled set-tops. The company also provided drives for Beijing Olympics via Omneon’s MediaGrid storage system. – Deborah D. McAdams