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Serial ATA (2000) is a computer bus interface that connects host bus adapters to mass storage devices such as hard disk drives, optical drives, and solid-state drives. SATA has become the predominant interface for storage devices.

SATA output in Linux[edit]

$ lspci
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller 
(rev 05)
$ lspci
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 200 Series PCH SATA controller [AHCI mode]


  • SAS-4 22.5 Gbit/s 2.25 GB/s
  • SAS-3 12 Gbit/s 1.2 GB/s
  • SAS-2 6 Gbit/s 600 MB/s
  • SAS-1 3 Gbit/s 300 MB/s

SAS output in Linux[edit]

$ lspci
5c:00.0 Serial Attached SCSI controller: Adaptec Smart Storage PQI 12G SAS/PCIe 3 (rev 01)


  1. Read wikipedia page about
  2. Identify many properties of a Serial ATA (SATA) connection, such as hot swap capabilities.
  3. Identify differences between SATA and SAS (Serial Attached SCSI)
  4. Read StackOverflow questions about SATA:

See also[edit]