Occasionally we're asked about Cabling. A
chain is only as strong as the weakest link. In time, as we expand this
List we will also expound upon the Virtues of Cabling. In Cabling, Quality
counts! And price does not always dictate quality. IF a manufacturer is
proud of their cables, they'll take the time to explain why they may have
a better solution than the competition. OR why a a particular type of
cable make such a difference in signal integrity over the distance of time
& space. GB
Everyone sells cables. Not everyone sells
specialty cables. Some of these links may help.
- Cable/Connectivity Solutions
Selector: Find Cables by Type or Device.
The SFF-8049 (Small
Form Factor Committee - SFF) Specification limited the cable
length to 18" end to end. This includes 12" from Motherboard to
Secondary Drive and 6" from Secondary Drive to Primary Drive. Even
though this Spec, SFF-8049 (80-conductor ATA Cable Assembly)
proposed in 1997 by the T13 Technical
Committee - AT Attachment as "T13/D97121R1" has
Expired, we will continue to quote this spec, SFF-8049,
until we locate a more current and quotable ATA Specification for
reference or Serial ATA overtakes us!
Longer 24" Cables are available and
can be used on ATAPI Devices (CD-ROM's). Longer 24" Cables should NOT
be used on ATA/133 HD's. The Small
Form Factor Committee Specs may be viewed from their FTP site. See:
Index of Specifications - SFF-8000.
"SFF-8049 Specification for 80-conductor
ATA Cable Assembly, Rev 2.7 July 15, 1998 - Abstract: This document
defines the construction of a cable which provides protection against
signal crosstalk in ATA applications. The members voted in September 1999
that this specification Expire."
defined as, "Proposal for inclusion of additions to
ATA/ATAPI-4 required to specify an 80-conductor cable assembly and a
40-conductor cable assembly with an alternate CSEL (CS - Cable Select)
configuration." We may include this information later for further
reference and study. This proposal was designed as a “drop-in” to
ATA/ATAPI-4 and is based on T13's D1153r1. And further referred to
as, "80-conductor ATA Cable Assembly [SFF-8049]."
Based on our other ongoing Analysis & Specifications Research
Watch, the reason for this Specification expiring would be due to the
content being included in the current ATA Standards by www.T13.org
Quoting Belden in regards to Cable Length
since the goal would be Reducing
Crosstalk, "Generally speaking, the longer your transmission
length, the more crosstalk. Therefore, reduce your cable length to the
shortest achievable distance." See: Cable
Crosstalk - Definitions.
ATA Cables are typically made of PVC
[gray], TPO (Thermal Plastic Olefin) [white] & TPE
(Thermoplastic Elastomer) [yellow] or Teflon jackets. If this is
correct according to insulation material color, then Gigabyte's ATA Cables
are TPE. And yes, Cables DO make the difference! More on that subject
Cables have 3 significant
areas to overcome: EMI, Crosstalk & Noise
Interference. All 3 of these issues are related and of great
importance when dealing with ATA/133 signal integrity.
ATA Cable Sources:
- IOSS RD1 RD2 RD3XP RD5 RD7-CA RD8
Gladiator, eXtra Performance and eXtra noise Protection -
IOSS International Co., Ltd.
Special Report For Round Cables
RD3 Noise Durability Test - Nothing like a little noise in the
- PcMods Call
Toll Free 1-866-GET-MODS: Rounded Dual IDE Cables.
Technology Inc.: Japanese Manufacturer of RD3XP Gladiator
www.pccables.com - SCSI USB
Firewire 13W3 SVIDEO SVGA: (9/26/2003).
Digital - IDE Ultra 100 Products: And SCSI (12/26/2002).
Teflon Data cables (9/29/2002).
Cables Round Vs. Flat - SystemLogic.net (3/9/2002).
Computer cooling, Everything you need to keep your PC, CPU, HDD and
Video Cards Cool.
Corp - Technologies: Ultra ATA/133 Interface, See: Fast
18 In. Ultra ATA 33-66-100-133 TPO
Internal IDE Cable
inch Round ATA 100-133 IDE cable
Cables ATA 33-66-100,133 MB-s
Watch - Cables IDE
USB-ATA(ATAPI) Intelligent Cables
Sun and Workstation Cables including VHDCI SCSI, 13W3 Monitor, KVM,
and Networking Cables!
UltraDMA DMA Cable FAQ
Assembly Corp. (CA): SFF-8049 Specification.
Rounded Ribbon Cables
Use Cable Wizard. They have Flat Ribbon TPO Cables, Teflon coated to
Audio / Video Cabling
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Audio - Virtual Cabling
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Cable Index - "...the quality of cable configurations
attached to a SCSI bus can influence the integrity and speed of
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