Intel Corp. this week released the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) v1.0 final specification and license agreement, giving life to advanced features in Serial ATA II. Serial ATA II is an enhancement spec of Serial ATA, which will be used to connect such internal storage devices as hard disks, DVDs and CD-R/Ws to the motherboard in desktop and mobile PCs, cost-sensitive servers and networked storage.
"Originally, we got a request from Microsoft to help synergize Serial ATA II like we did with USB2 and help the industry from a kind of adoptive standpoint," said Thomas Loza, Intel technology initiatives manager. "Standardizing on the interface makes it easier than non-controller specs and lets OS providers like Microsoft write one driver set."
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