The SATA-IO announced this week that it will be demonstrating implementations of its new SATA Revision 3.0 specification at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The 3.0 spec boosts transfer rates to 6 Gbits/second and offers new features such as data streaming and better power management. Best of all, the SATA-IO promises that the 3.0 spec will be backwards compatible with earlier SATA implementations.

A new specification for the popular Serial ATA storage interface will double the maximum transfer speed from three to six gigabits per second (Gb/s). This will enable large amounts of data to be moved at even faster rates, a key advantage as end-users amass ever-increasing amounts of high-resolution photos, videos, music and other multimedia files.

Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the consortium dedicated to sustaining the quality, integrity and dissemination of SATA technology, today released to its members the physical layer (PHY) portion for its third generation storage interface, which will be defined in the upcoming SATA Revision 3.0 specification. Today’s release ushers in a new generation of faster SATA 6Gb/s products. Developers can now begin designing products based on SATA 6Gb/s technology as work continues on the SATA Revision 3.0 specification, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2008.

Along with the new SATA Revision 3.0 specification, the SATA-IO has introduced a new logo that can be used to easily identify SATA 6Gb/s-enabled products. If you'd like to read more, the SATA-IO's entire press release can be found here.