SATA-IO Expands Supported Features in Revision 3.4 Specification

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the storage
industry consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of the Serial ATA
(SATA™) technology, announced the publication of the SATA Revision 3.4 Specification. The newest
SATA specification introduces features that enable monitoring of device conditions and execution of
housekeeping tasks, both with minimal impact on performance.
The storage market continues to demand improvements in performance, reliability and compatibility.
The industry standard group has added new features to the specification revision 3.4 so that SATA
devices may offer improvements in these areas, including:
• Durable /Ordered Write Notification: enables writing selected critical cache data to the media,
minimizing impact on normal operations.
• Device Temperature Monitoring: allows for active monitoring of SATA device temperature and
other conditions without impacting normal operation by utilizing the SFF-8609 standard for out
of band (OOB) communications.
• Device Sleep Signal Timing: provides additional definition to enhance compatibility between
manufacturers’ implementations.
In addition, the latest revision of the specification includes corrections and clarifications as part of
ongoing improvements to the SATA specification.
SATA remains the highest volume storage interface in the industry and SATA-IO continues to improve
the specification for the benefit of SATA developers and users,” said Jim Hatfield, SATA-IO president.
“The features provided in revision 3.4 deliver the improvements in SATA’s performance, reliability and
compatibility that our members and the industry expect.”
The specification is available to SATA-IO members for free, while non-members can purchase the
specification by visiting www.sata-io.org.”

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