Bij AnandTech is een verslag te vinden van de eerste dag van het Intel Developers Forum. Ze hebben natuurlijk over de 2GHz demo, die zoals het er nu uitziet op die snelheid niet stabiel was. Het enige programma wat ze durfden te draaien was namelijk CPUID...
Daarnaast is er een interessant stukje te vinden over Serial ATA, de opvolger van ATA-100. De theoretische maximale datatransfer snelheid komt met deze techniek nog verder van de echte snelheid van hardeschijven te liggen dan nu al het geval is met ATA-100, maar toch is het een interessante techniek aangezien je dan eindelijk verlost bent van die brede air-flow blokkerende kabels en het in de toekomst wel nuttig kan zijn:
It seems that serial ATA technology is inevitable, with the limits of current parallel ATA quickly approaching. In fact, Silicon Image states that the current ATA solution, ATA100, is pretty much the limit of speed that parallel ATA can handle.
With the introduction of serial ATA, Silicon Image promises transfer rates as high as 1.5 Gb/s with the initial product release and 3 GB/s on the very near horizon. With backwards compatibility, the transition to serial ATA promises to rather smooth. Although not many more details were given that were different from our initial serial ATA preview, we did manage to snap a few pictures of serial ATA in action. Although the demo system only made it halfway through a Windows98 bootup, it proved that data was being transferred over the serial ATA bus, as well as showing that the product is far from done.
The demo unit that Silicon Image had set up included a standard parallel ATA hard drive controller, interfacing with a dongle of sorts that converted the signal to serial ATA and sent it through a very skinny cable. This cable then plugged directly into a second dongle that converted the signal back to parallel ATA which allowed it to interface with a standard hard drive. Although the data was able to travel through the cable at the serial ATA speed of 1.5 GB/s, the devices at both ends were still limited to the standard parallel ATA speeds. We have pictures of all of these setups, as well as additional information regarding serial ATA, and be sure to check back in our IDF summary for all of this information.