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About the Author

Don Anderson has over 30 years of experience in the technical electronics and computer industry. He has authored of fourteen books covering various aspects of computer hardware and system design. Topics include system architectures, parallel bus technologies, serial bus technologies, and processor architectures. Don has trained thousands of engineers in the US and around the world. Before joining MindShare, Don worked for Compaq, Schlumberger, Geosource and Hewlett Packard.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: MindShare Press (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977087816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977087815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me agree with "hummingbird lover". The book is indeed a great help to SW developer. The sequences described in the book can be seen in real snapshots. The only difference: in the snapshots your are missing the explaination. :) Also the communication flow and step by step explanation of it is very helpful.

Comparing to the
"Serial ATA Storage Architecture and Applications: Designing High-Performance, Cost-Effective I/O Solutions"
by Knut Grimsrud and Hubbert Smith

I found the Don Andreson's book being less detailed about PHY mechanisms -lacks PHY state machines diagrams. Knut Grimsrud and Hubbert Smith 's book have them. Those diagrams are very helpful during the bring up sessions. Those state machines allowed me "to catch" and explain an incompliancy between my core and example snapshots from the production cores.

From other side using Don Andreson's book trasfer flow diagrams I was able to find a missing case in my algorithm. Fixing it allowed me to track and finnaly recover from the error on a badly working disk.

Both books have the same problem - tiny or no explanation at all about what should SW do in case of the errors returned from SATA HW core.

Summing up I would advice to have both books:
Knut Grimsrud and Hubbert Smith - for first steps in the bring up.
Don Anderson's book - for SW development.
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Coming from a PCI Express background I was faced with the major challenge of needing to learn a completely new and different bus architecture - SAS and SATA. My company however was committed to developing test solutions for the Storage industry and once again I found myself "needing to go back to school".

Just as I had done before I hooked up with MindShare's knowledge & expertise and got myself their SAS Storage Architecture and SATA Storage Technology books. These priceless tools brought me up to speed on these technologies and saved me from having to drag myself through numerous specs just to learn these interfaces.

I would highly recommend these books to anyone who is looking for a more insightful leaning experience rather than simply reading and mulling though the industry specifications themselves. Mindshare's books truly offer a comprehensive insight into the SAS & SATA architectures, and are written with the engineer's valuable time (and patience) in mind.
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As a hardware engineer, I have been looking for an entry-level book into Serial/ATA technology. And this book fits the bill perfectly. It covers the physical and protocol in adequate detail, but doesn't dwell on finite numbers and measurements (the official sata-io specification has all the engineering data, so there's no need to repeat that in this separate book.)

And most importantly to me, there is a chapter devoted to legacy parallel (legacy) ATA -- although it lacked the detail of the SATA chapters, the 'executive summary' on ATA/IDE was tremendously helpful in explaining how SATA's transport/application protocol fit into the ATA taskfile model.

I guess the only downside is that the book doesn't talk much about the other piece of the puzzle -- (device) firmware and (host) operating-system. For example, the book doesn't go as far as covering the development of a linux/Windows AHCI device-driver. Nor does it cover firmware development for a disk-device.
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I'm about half way through this book and it has plenty of detail. It's greatest asset though is clarity. All the chapters/titles/subtitles are extremely self explanatory. One chapter also flows to the next, so it doesn't feel as choppy as many technical books are.

I haven't tried implementing SATA using this book yet, but will do so in the future
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