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Promise Technology Intros 4-Channel FastTrak100 TX4 ATA RAID Controller

(July 25, 2001)
Promise Technology is shipping its first non-caching ATA RAID 0, 1, 0+1 card and professional hot swap kit for Ultra ATA/100 drives that supports hot swap under a four-drive RAID 0+1 array (When used with the Promise SuperSwap removable drive chassises).

Suggested list price for FastTrak100 TX4 will be $149. FastTrak100 TX4 Pro kit lists for $399.

The FastTrak100 TX4 PCI card houses four independent data channels designed for a total of four standard Ultra ATA/100 hard drives.

The TX4 Pro kit bundles the 4-channel RAID card with 4 SuperSwap hot swap removable drive chassises designed for continuous PC operation of a RAID 0+1 array when a drive fails.

When used with SuperSwap drive chassises, TX4 permits users to replace a failed drive using two-drive RAID 1 or four-drive RAID 0+1 arrays without shutting down the PC. Users simply slide out the SuperSwap chassis housing the failed drive, replace the drive, and slide the chassis back in. In addition to supporting hot swap of a RAID 0+1 array, TX4 also supports hot swap of two independent RAID 1 arrays.

TX4 is the latest addition to its line of ATA RAID products -- the FastTrak100 TX2, TX2 Pro, & LP (low profile) ATA RAID PCI cards and kits.

Compatible with the latest 66MHz PCI bus motherboards, the FastTrak100 TX4 offers data transfer rates in RAID 0 (striping) of up to 200 megabytes (MB) per second (depending on the number and type of drives used in the system). In addition to RAID 0+1, TX4 enables users to configure RAID arrays in RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring) arrays.

TX4 and TX4 Pro supports both hot spare and hot swap for 24/7 operations. The card supports Windows 2000/NT4/Me/98/95, RedHat Linux 6.2/7.0, and Netware 5.x.

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