These are both technologies that are bound to make some changes in the computing landscape, once the screw ups in the chipsets currently available are repaired.

Articles on AnandTech, and a few other places tell us that the SATA 3 chip, made by Marvell, and currently the only one available, has some real problems with achieving its rated speed, and the included PATA is also a bit shaky. The problem apparently was not found in time, and some Asus and Gigabyte boards that were to have supported SATA 3 are being retired as spec’ed, with SATA 2 ports in their place.

image SATA 3? Maybe this won’t see the light of day for a long while.

USB 3 is also having problems, and some motherboards have been already produced, with both sets of problems, all together on the same piece of fiberglass. Not a pretty sight, or happy thought.

Perhaps the changes will take place soon, but all the companies that had these hardware standards coming in new boards, especially the ones supporting the new Intel i5 chips have been scrambling to get the hardware ready to be available to be loaded up with Windows 7.  The racing of the clock is providing quite a lot of interesting entertainment.

When I talk to many people, they tend to forget the number of problems with the original USB implementations there were, and how long it was before any peripherals were priced, and available, to make a dent in the parallel and serial connected market.

The interesting times will start around the first of October, when the hardware meets the software, and the hair pulling, from the new adopters, begins.



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There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.  –  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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