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Sonnet Announces Hot-Swap Support for Tempo-X

Adds hot-swap functionality to Serial ATA PCI-X host controller family (April 14, 2005)

Sonnet Technologies, a worldwide leader in upgrades for Apple Macintosh computers and iPod digital music players, announces the addition of hot-swap functionality to the Tempo-X family of Serial ATA (SATA) PCI-X host controllers. Tempo-X products shipping from today, including the just-announced Tempo-X eSATA 4+4, support hot-swappable drive connection, enabling users to swap out large amounts of data on single drives and RAID arrays without the need to power down the computer. Customers who have already purchased and installed a Tempo-X SATA host controller may now upgrade their cards firmware to add this new feature.

"Sonnet received numerous requests for the addition of hot-swap support," declares Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet president and CEO. "It has been the number one request of Tempo-X SATA 4+4 and Tempo-X eSATA 8 users, and its been our engineers top priority for this product line."

"Serial ATA was originally designed to support internal device connection, but with its data transfer speed advantage over FireWire 800, users demanded external connections for SATA drives," states Steve Garceau, Sonnet Product Manager. Sonnets Tempo-X line addresses the need for external drive support. Hot-swap functionality significantly improves its value.

Firmware Updater
The firmware updater for the Tempo-X SATA 4+4 and Tempo-X eSATA 8 PCI-X Serial ATA host controllers is available for free download at:

Tempo-X Serial ATA Host Controllers
For more information about the Tempo-X eSATA 4+4, please refer to the Sonnet web site at: x_esata44.html

For more information about the Tempo-X eSATA 8, please refer to the Sonnet web site at: x_esata8.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, or call the company at 1-949-587-3500.


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