Newly formed Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and LSI Logic's Storage Standard Products division have announced plans to work together to speed the delivery of next-generation Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology. As part of their collaboration, the companies will share design implementations and performance testing results and debug information, and will participate in other joint activities. The SCSI Trade Association (STA) and the T10 Committee are currently developing the SAS standard, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2004. Both companies plan to continue to work with the standard organizations working on the SAS standard.
SAS will be compatible with Serial ATA (SATA). This compatibility will allow users with SAS host adapters to choose between using either SAS or SATA hard disk drives in their systems. The new SAS standard will help enterprise customers leverage existing SCSI investments by including SCSI backward compatibility. SAS will also include serial point-to-point interconnections, dual porting, increased addressability, the ability to scale to small form factors, and data transfer rates to speeds as fast as 3Gbps.