In May 2011, SandForce released the first SSD bottlenecked by the SATA III bus. It was just five months after Intel released the P67 Express chipset, Intel’s first native SATA III capable release. Until then, PATA and SATA lived long, fulfilling lives, always ahead of the performance curve offered by new data storage products. This fact is just one reason why we call flash-based storage a disruptive technology. The standards body, SATA-I/O, quickly jumped into action. The logical choice was to double performance again, going from 6Gbps to 12Gbps.