Adaptec has launched a new initiative with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) manufacturers Fujitsu, Hitachi, Maxtor, and Seagate Technology to promote the upcoming Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) standard. The initiative lets companies work together to design and test prototype SAS solutions. The initiative is similar to one launched last month by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and LSI Logic's Storage Standard Products, in which the two companies agreed to work together to help further the SAS standard. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Vendors that are part of the Adaptec initiative will also work to ensure that SAS interfaces will support Serial ATA (SATA) drives. The new SAS format is designed to support the recently released SATA format. The companies will work together to comarket SAS by giving prototype demonstrations, speaking at major trade shows, releasing white papers about implementing SAS solutions, and hosting seminars and Webinars. SAS solutions are expected to feature data transfer rates as fast as 3Gbps to 12Gbps.