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In response to a reporter's question about whether customers will accept a new type of connector in their computers, Pappas said that the proposed PCIe SSD specification means customers will be able to use SATA, SAS, and PCIe drives with a single connector.
Pappas also said he expects customers will typically use only one type of drive at a time. "We support building a system that supports all types of drives," he said.
The Working Group is already finished with the concept work needed to get the PCIe SSD specification moving forward, Pappas said, and plans to release the first draft of the specification by the end of the year. It plans to get the specification ratified as a standard in 2011, after which drives based on the standard would start to become available, he said.