Talk:Serial ATA

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Template[edit]

The infobox being renders the "speed" field as "Capacity" for some reason, so it displays as: "Capacity 1.5, 3.0, 6.0 Gbit/s". This is obviously completely wrong. "Gbit/s" is not a unit of capacity. I have no idea how Wikipedia's bizarre, unusable template system works, so the best I can do is leave a note here.

It took me about 5 minutes of searching about to find and edit Template: Infobox Computer Hardware Bus to fix this bug. Not sure if I broke something elsewhere but it is now correct here. Tom94022 (talk) 03:52, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
Great job! Hopefully there will be no associated regressions. -- Dsimic (talk) 04:05, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

Created date in template[edit]

Hi, I have a few SATA devices that date from ~mid 2002, mainly a few NF2 and Intel E7502-based boards, which feature an additional Silicon Image Sil3112 controller (one of the earliest consumer controllers). For example: Gigabyte GA-8INXP. How is it then that the article says it was conceived in 2003? I'd appreciate any hints.

Cheers, Oerg866, 84.118.222.10 (talk) 14:44, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

First: Good observation.
The 2003 date (called "Created" in the template output, even though the parameter is called "invent-date") is the date on the standard for the first version. It is not uncommon in this business for early examples of new technologies to be produced, and maybe even appear on the market, in the year before the year in which the standard is finalized, accepted, and published, particularly if the latter happens early in the calendar year. This happened repeatedly with the various generations of Parallel ATA, and remember the long period when we had 802.11n products that were really "Draft-n" because the standard had not yet been accepted?
Probably "Created" is not the best legend for that datum in the template... or maybe the template needs some additional dates, like "First products" and "Standard published". Then the latter could be "2003" and the others... whatever we can find references for. Even if products had not come out before 2003, clearly SATA was invented (or created) some time before the standard was accepted and published. I think what this really needs is a fix to the template to support additional dates. I've suggested this at the talk page for the template; you are welcome to comment there, of course.
In the meantime we would need a reliable source before an earlier date can be given as the "Created" date. Magazine articles maybe? Jeh (talk) 16:36, 14 May 2014 (UTC)