The CompactFlash Association announced plans to develop a specification for a CF memory card with a Serial ATA interface.
Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon and the CFA chairman of the board said “The development of a
CompactFlash card with a SATA interface will maintain the dominance of CompactFlash in the nonconsumer
(embedded systems, single board computers, data recorder, etc.) markets as well as promote its
use in other applications. Having the SATA interface will be a significant step for CompactFlash.”
The current PATA (parallel ATA) interface provides up to a 133MB/second interface data rate.
The SATA interface will provide even faster interface data rates as well as compatibility with the SATA
disk drive interfaces that are increasingly being used.
CompactFlash card slots are in over 360 digital cameras, over 165 handheld/palm-size PCs and
over 705 other electronic platforms including embedded systems, single board computers, data recorders,
heart monitors, defibrillators, etc.
CompactFlash cards are currently available up to 32GB with sustained data rates of 40MB/sec.