The market already has PATA, ATAPI, Hybrid ATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel.
The ATAPI interface is a popular option for inexpensive tape and hard disk drives.
Hybrid ATA is a category within the ATAPI classification.
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Today, even though SATA is already a packetized interface and it would be a much simpler protocol to discontinue the encapsulation of SCSI commands into ATA data transfers, the ATAPI encapsulation will still be used so that the OS and its drivers won't see a difference between a Parallel ATA DVD drive and a SATA DVD drive.
Protocol Analyzers used with the new generation of SATA optical drives must support the ATAPI protocol with special decoding and triggering functions.
TDK's new 12X/10X/32X drive, called VeloCD, is an internal ATAPI model with an MSRP of $349.
The internal ATAPI model CRW2100E was announced in September--without pricing--and was scheduled to ship in October.
For example, a common configuration might be the Storage Tower configured with the Disk Array 4SA and one ATAPI
Companies tested new SATA devices and capabilities, including 3Gb/s technology, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), eSATA, ATAPI
devices and interface power management.