ASUS promises speedy SATA Express option on all future motherboards

ASUS will soon become the first company to offer SATA Express interfaces and components as standard on all its future motherboards and its customers will benefit from a speed hike as a result.

The implementation, which comes as the result of a partnership with Intel, means that sequential read/write speeds are able to reach 745/809Mbps resulting in a motherboard that can download a 10GB movie in as little as 10 seconds.

The research effort deployed by the two led to the discovery of a BIOS structure called the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture [SRIS] that allows for the boost in speeds.

To come across the new discovery, ASUS developed Hyper Express, a 2.5in SATA Express external enclosure, that allows two mSATA devices to be accommodated and lets ASUS engineers finely engineer new motherboard designs to reach full speed.

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SRIS doesn’t just mean that a motherboard can download a 10GB movie in 10 seconds and brings with it a raft of other enhancements. One example is that SATA Express-capable motherboards that don’t have SRIS architecture in the BIOS could bring compatibility problems. This could lead to SATA Express devices not being recognised altogether or, even if they are recognised, the true performance could be masked by a lack of SRIS BIOS implementation.

ASUS developing and implementing SRIS is another world first for the company and the SATA Express solution is the only one to have received full SRIS testing and validation, meaning that future ASUS motherboard buyers will get a high level of SATA Express performance.

The technology will be available in all future ASUS motherboards and buyers are reminded to contact a local ASUS representative to obtain further information on the products.