Q1: What is ATA and how can I learn more about the ATA standard?
Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) an extension of the IDE disk drive bus that specifies how a device interacts with ATA drive. For PC Cards, any ATA compliant device should behave as a standard disk (for example ATA Flash cards). Technical Committee T13 of the National Committee on Information Technology Standards (NCITS), is responsible for all interface standards relating to the ATA interface including ATA and ATA with Packet Interface (ATAPI). Visit the Technical Committee T13 site for more information and technical documentation regarding ATA standards.