Serial ATA (SATA) is the new standard for coming PC systems! With this new transmission technique transmission rates of 150MByte/s (later even 600MB/s!!) are possible. The maximum cable length for this standard is 1m. All ATA and ATAPI devices, like harddisks, CD-drives. DVD-drives etc. are supported. Plugs are coded, so a wrong polarity is impossible. There is no need for jumpers or terminators because ther eis only one device on each cable. Devices can be hot plugged. Seria ATA cables have only 4 data leads which allows a more slim type of construction and therefore a better airflow in the casing.