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I've seen this term used around the internet, and i was just curious what it really meant.

asked Aug 30 '10 at 23:21

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Craighton ♦♦

edited Aug 30 '10 at 23:27

I`m not sure, but i guess it is for Ultra Advanced Technology Attachment, or it is hard drive computer bus as SATA,...

answered Aug 30 '10 at 23:40

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edited Aug 30 '10 at 23:41

It was part of the PATA IDE interface, long gone now to SATA.

(Aug 31 '10 at 05:22) djmoore711 djmoore711's gravatar image

Probably Ultra Advanced Technology Attachment - it's a connection used in connecting hard drives, cd-roms, etc., to motherboards.

answered Aug 30 '10 at 23:42

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According to wisegeek.com it stands for Ultra Advanced Technology Attachment. I also read that it is commonly referred to as IDE, so I guess they are the same thing.

answered Aug 30 '10 at 23:45

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The ATA technology has had a chain of adaptations, each one gaining speed and robustness. Ultra ATA used Ultra DMA to help speed up HDD to memory transactions, which frees up the CPU to do more important tasks.

It had its first big breakthrough with the ATA-4 style. It's now capable of 133MB/s, but requires a 80 pin IDE ribbon, compared to the older 40 pin IDE ribbon.

Todays SATA and SCSI are much, much faster than this. Ultra-SCSI can now do 360Mb/s and SATA can do up to 6Gb/s!

answered Aug 31 '10 at 05:22

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