Intel started to phase out both with the ICH7 family, which features High Definition Audio and only a single ATA channel.The ICH8 will have six Serial ATA ports and also six PCI Express lanes. A fan speed controller and Gigabit Ethernet MAC have also been added.
It may be a little early to drop parallel ATA support completely, though. Serial ATA hard drives may be commonplace, but parallel ATA is still the norm for even the latest optical drives. Perhaps this will be the motivation optical drive manufacturers need to finally transition to Serial ATA.
Intel ICH8 to drop P-ATA support?
Posted on Friday, February 17 2006 @ 0:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck