SATA and PCI-Express Combine to Form Awesome SATA Express Specification
It should, because this technology sidesteps the SATA bottleneck that could come into play as solid state drives continue to get faster. According to SATA IO, the new spec is a cost friendly way of increasing device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s.
"SATA Express enables the development of new devices that utilize the PCIe interface and maintain compatibility with existing SATA applications. The technology will provide a cost-effective means to increase device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s."
"The SATA Express specification provides SSD and hybrid drive manufacturers the advantages of performance and scalability enabled by PCI-E 3.0 -- which is available now -- and the ubiquity of SATA," said Mladen Luksic, SATA-IO president. "We expect the SATA Express specification to be completed by the end of 2011."
Proposed SATA Express Keyed Ports
Proposed SATA Express Cables and Ports
The other solution would have been to increase SATA speeds, but according to SATA-IO, SSDs haven't saturated the market enough where such a move would make sense. By moving the SATA controller from the host and plopping it into the SSD, SATA Express devices will still appear as SATA devices to the OS.