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For Intel, ICH5 (~2003) marked the first chipset with an integrated SATA controller. The earliest Thinkpad with a SATA controller were actually the T43/X41/R52/Z60 series (ICH6-M). But in T43/X41/R52, a PATA-SATA bridge was integrated so they actually used PATA IDE drives.
For Non-Intel chipsets, I believe VIA had it first in VT8237 (~2002-2003) and nVidia had it in nForce3 and some late nForce 2 variants (~2003-2004).
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