SATA-IO announced its SATA Universal Storage Module (USM), a new specification designed for portable storage applications with transfer speeds of up to 6Gbps.
A year later (and maybe too late), SATA-IO, the international organization that owns and manages Serial ATA specifications, is ready to show off its SATA Universal Storage Module (USM) specification for portable storage applications, claiming support for transfer speeds up to 6GBps, that "gracefully degrades" speeds to support Gen 1(1.5GBps) or Gen 2 (3GBps) drives, too, according to the organization.
The USM specification is expected to be completed later this year and is particularly geared toward consumer storage applications, it seems. The CES demo this week will show off a television, notebook computer, DVR and docking station sharing content via a single USM module, with no extra cables or powered required. A related standard, to define the size requirements for USM devices and slots, is being developed by the Small Form Factor Committee (SFF) and should also be available this year.