12/19/2000: Published the draft of the Serial specification TIES 1.0
It stays already less so that the interior of the PCs could turn more clearly, without the classic flat cables or "strips" of hard disk. It finishes of there is published the draft of the Serial specification TIES 1.0 (IT TIES "in series"), sponsored neither more nor less than by companies like Intel, IBM, Maxtor, Seagate, Quantum, Dell and APT Technologies.
This new specification would happen to the current system IT TIES (or IDE) of data transmission "in parallel". The above mentioned transition should be realized without excessive problems, since these standards will be completely compatible at logical level (the work of transforming the information to be sent in series the checker will realize it), the first discs will include connectors for both standards, and probably adapters are made.
The principal advantages advantages of the Serial IT TIES there would be the speed of maximum transference between disc and checker (in the first stage, 150 MBytes/s), his topology point to point (without need to establish teacher / slave rolls) and also a lot of minor thickness of the cables, since they will have only four connectors (instead of 80 ó 40 current ones), allowing a better ventilation of the components and more easy access to the same ones.
Of course, other standards offer similar or even very top advantages (like the IEEE 1394 Firewire), but the Serial TIES has one very important: his cost should be relatively low, of the same order as the current one IT TIES in parallel. With this, his compatibility and his influential godparents, the difficult thing will be that it does not triumph... the year 2002 we will know it safely.
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News written for: Juan Herrerías