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SATA Storage Technology: Serial ATA Perfect Paperback – April 30, 2007
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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.
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.
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.
I haven't tried implementing SATA using this book yet, but will do so in the future
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Very informative book. It starts with the basic fundamentals and walks you through the entire protocol. Prior SATA knowledge is not necessary.Published on February 12, 2013 by Hari Thiagarajan