jfitzpatrick at October 1st, 2013 16:01 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171947/why-is-serial-data-transmission-faster-than-parallel-data-transmission/
SATA hard drive connections are faster than older PATA hard drive connections and the same can be said for external cabling standards, but this is counter-intuitive: why wouldn’t the parallel transmission be faster?
rradina at October 8th, 2013 11:44 — #2
I had never really given the "bits need to arrive at the same time" much thought but it's an excellent point as to why parallel has limits. However, why couldn't parallel transmission be defined as serially sending whole blocks of data down each wire path? The cross talk issue is still there but if each parallel wire could transfer 1Gbps of serial data, combined that's 8Gbps and faster than the current 6Gpbs SATA spec. Perhaps we could call it PSATA?
Of course I don't relish the return of those ugly parallel cables. However, as speeds continue to increase won't we eventually have to consider something like PSATA? Won't the signal rate get so fast as to be masked by the natural capacitance of a wire? Perhaps that's when SATA could go optical but it might be just as cost effective to stuff a few more RF-isolated wires into the cable that are virtually bonded. That would immediately double the speed (or x3, x4, x5 -- depending on how many wires and how well they can be RF-isolated to prevent cross talk) without any increase in the signal rate.
nsdcars5 at October 9th, 2013 10:22 — #4
It could happen, but no inventors are reading this, sadly. (Or are they? Anybody inventing something here?)