Chip giant Intel and hard-drive maker Quantum have announced a new ATA/IDE hard-drive interface protocol that will double the burst data transfer rate to 33Mbits/s.
The first systems using the Quantum-owned Ultra DMA/33 high-speed transfer rate protocol are expected in early 1997, officials say.
The faster data transfer rates will boost performance for disk-intensive tasks and offer new capabilities to ensure the integrity of data transfers. Intel will support the protocol in its future chip sets, officials says.
The technology has been endorsed by hard-drive vendors including IBM, Maxtor, Seagate Technology and Western Digital.