"The plugfest acts as a catalyst to bring companies working on Serial ATA products together in one place at one time to make it easy to quickly assess new product interoperability," said Marc Noblitt, Seagate manager of I/O planning. "As we begin to deploy Serial ATA 1.0 products into the market, it is critical that we, as industry suppliers, work together to ensure a smooth launch of Serial ATA into the user environment."
Along with basic compatibility testing like booting and OS loading, specific test programs were used to further evaluate Serial ATA equipment. Among the tests that performed were:
* Data transfer tests, geared at measuring how reliably data is transmitted and received
* Transmit eye pattern tests for both hosts and devices
* OOB hand shake protocol tests
* Common mode transient tests
The plugfest was open to all companies working on Serial ATA products - including system and motherboard vendors, hard drive vendors, cable vendors, silicon vendors, storage enclosure vendors, OS vendors, BIOS vendors, test tool vendors and others.