Data on the next version of the SATA connection standard has been unveiled, according to its governing body. The SATA-IO group has announced early specifications for SATA Revision 3.0, which it expects to be finalized by the end of this year.The initial specs relate to the physical portion of the interface, which should double transfers speeds compared to current SATA II links, with a peak of 6Gbps. The format is also set to include "advances for data streaming," SATA-IO says, and "better power management."
Prices for SATA 3.0 drives are nevertheless expected to remain consistent, as the connector configuration should remain the same, even allowing the use of current cables. This same factor should allow for backwards compatibility with earlier-generation SATA drives.