(IRVINE, CALIFORNIA- April 14, 2005) Sonnet Technologies, a worldwide leader in upgrades for Apple Macintosh® computers and iPod® digital music players, announces the Tempo™-X eSATA 4+4 8-port Serial ATA PCI-X host controller, the latest addition to the Sonnet Tempo line of products.
This product replaces the acclaimed Tempo-X SATA 4+4, adding features while retaining the same suggested retail price. New features include eSATA connectors used in the external ports, drive activity LEDs, and hot-swap drive connection support.
Like the Tempo-X SATA 4+4 it replaces, Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 offers four internal ports, plus four external ports for connecting SATA drives. The external ports now feature eSATA connectors—eSATA is the emerging standard from the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) for the external deployment of Serial ATA storage solutions. Designed for applications where swapping drives is required, eSATA connectors and cables offer better shielding for improved EMI characteristics, have better retention than the internal SATA I version, and are rated at 5,000 insertion cycles.
High performance and flexibility remain the hallmarks of the Tempo-X eSATA 4+4—this product utilizes the PCI-X interface to take advantage of the enhanced performance offered in fast Power Mac® G5 computers while retaining compatibility in standard PCI slots. Users can connect up to eight hard drives for up to 4TB (terabytes) of storage space and can group them in a RAID 0 (striped) array to achieve sustained read/write speeds in excess of 545MB/s. With the addition of hot-swap functionality, users can change projects and drives on the fly, an especially useful benefit when drives are connected externally.
Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 Key Features o 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X Serial ATA host controller o Works in any PCI-X or PCI slot in the listed compatible computers o 4 internal (SATA I) + 4 external (eSATA) ports to support up to 4TB of storage o Supports hot-swap drive connection o No drivers to install—plug and play installation o Supports Mac OS X’s built-in RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring) functions o Upgradable firmware to enable future enhancements o Includes two 22-inch, internal SATA data cables and two legacy-to-SATA power cable adapters
OS Compatible with Mac OS X Version 10.2 and higher
- Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White
- Power Mac G4 (all models except Cube)
- Power Mac G5
Pricing and Availability Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 (Part no. TSATA-X44A) is available immediately with a retail price of USD $199.95.
For more information about the Tempo-X eSATA 4+4, please refer to the Sonnet web site at: http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempo
Tempo eSATA Data Cables—Your Connection to the Outside The Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 card’s external ports require the use of eSATA data cables. Sonnet offers two kinds of eSATA cables to support the connection of external drive enclosures with SATA I connectors as well as those with eSATA connectors.
TCB-SATA-2/1 connects Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 to an external drive enclosure with SATA I connectors. TCB-SATA-2/2 connects Tempo-X eSATA 4+4 to an external drive enclosure with eSATA connectors.
Pricing and Availability Tempo eSATA data cables are available now and are sold individually with a retail price of USD $24.95.
For more information about Tempo eSATA data cables, please refer to the Sonnet web site at: http://www.sonnettech.com/product/esata_cables.html
About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is a worldwide leader in processor upgrade cards, ATA disk controller cards, and other enhancement products for Apple Macintosh computers and iPods. After Apple Computer, Inc., Sonnet is the largest producer of PowerPC™ processor-based products in the computer industry. Founded in 1986, Sonnet offers processor upgrades for most Macintosh models. To locate an authorized reseller or purchase product, visit the Sonnet Technologies web site at http://www.sonnettech.com, or call the company at 1-949-587-3500.