The Serial ATA International Organization (or SATA-IO) have just upped their SATA specification to 2.6. With small form factor systems being the main focus this time around, the new specification makes way for such advancements as a more slimline cable and connector arrangement, and some performance improvements with regard to NCQ etc.
You can learn more about it via this article over at the DailyTech.
The Serial ATA International Organization, also known as SATA-IO, today announced its latest Serial ATA specification - SATA revision 2.6 (PDF). The latest SATA revision 2.6 adds new physical and performance features to the previous SATA revision 2.5, also referred to as SATA 3.0Gbps, specification.
New physical features added to the SATA revision 2.6 include internal cable specifications for small-form-factor systems and mobile PC applications. SATA revision 2.6 specifies a new internal slim-line cable and connector. The new Slimline cable and connector target tightly packed small-form-factor systems. SATA-IO also defines the internal micro SATA connector with ultra mobile PCs in mind. The new internal micro SATA connector specification is for 1.8" hard drives only right now.