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Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO)

Overview: The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) develops, manages, and drives adoption of the Serial ATA specifications. The Serial ATA specification is a replacement for the Parallel ATA physical storage interface. Parallel ATA is the primary internal storage interconnect for the desktop, connecting the host system to peripherals such as hard drives, optical drives, and removable magnetic media devices. Serial ATA is the evolution of the ATA interface from a parallel bus to a serial bus architecture. Officially formed in July 2004 by incorporating the previous Serial ATA Working Group, the SATA-IO also provides the industry with guidance and support for implementing the SATA specification. The Organization comprises companies in storage, desktop, hard drive and up-coming consumer electronic companies.

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IPR Policy: See Article 15, available at:

Current Status: Active

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