SCSI, ATA Groups Build Serial Compatibility
The SCSI Trade Association and the Serial ATA Working Group team up on serial port spec.Hard drives and direct-attached storage cabling are notoriously tedious to install, but two industry groups are now working together to simplify that. Next year, the SCSI Trade Associationwhich evolved from an earlier working group developing the serial-attached Small Computer System Interfaceand the Serial ATA Working Group, which works on the replacement for the older parallel Advanced Technology Architecture, hope to complete a serial port specification that is compatible with both technologies, said LSI Logic Corp.s Harry Mason, president of the SCSI group. "When we created the vision for serial-attached SCSI, we wanted to leverage the physical work that had gone on in the Serial ATA group. Philosophically there was some agreement, but there were some legal and technical issues about the ability to share information," he said, at the Server I/O conference this week in Monterey, Calif.
Both groups are marketing organizations with technical subgroups, and neither is an official standards body, said Mason and Serial ATA board member Susan Bobholz. But both have common members and influence with T10 and T13, which are the SCSI and ATA units of ANSIs International Committee on Information Technology Standards.