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Sonnet Announces Tempo-X SATA 4+4 Card

8-port serial ATA PCI-X host controller card for power Mac computers (December 03, 2004)

Sonnet Technologies, the worldwide leader in upgrade cards for Apple Macintosh computers, announces the new Tempo-X SATA 4+4 8-port Serial ATA PCI-X host controller, the latest addition to the Sonnet Tempo line of products. This high-performance adapter features four internal plus four external Serial ATA ports, giving users unparalleled flexibility in connecting eight Serial ATA hard drives. It utilizes the PCI-X interface to take advantage of the enhanced performance offered in Power Mac G5 computers while retaining compatibility in standard PCI slots. Tempo-X SATA 4+4 enables Mac owners using high-end streaming applications to take advantage of the advancements in Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) storage technologies; with data transfer rates of up to 150MB/s per port, this products performance is comparable to SCSI but without the SCSI price.

With eight ports, users can easily connect additional drives as their storage needs grow. Grouping multiple drives in a RAID 0 (striped) array using Mac OS X Disk Utility reveals the true prowess of this product?exceptional speed, with sustained read/write performance numbers in excess of 545 MB/s possible.

?Sonnet has spent considerable effort developing this product, and we are extremely proud of the result. The Tempo-X SATA 4+4 cards performance and versatility make it a fantastic choice for a variety of users, especially people working with High Definition video editing and authoring applications, declares Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet president and CEO.

Throughout beta testing of the Tempo-X SATA 4+4, the feedback has been great. ?Through our grueling uncompressed HD test routine, Sonnets new Serial ATA card captured and played back High Definition video for days without dropping a single frame, reports Jerry Miles, Promax Systems Macintosh Product Manager. ?This card was plug and play, something you would expect from a longtime Macintosh developer.

Tempo-X SATA 4+4 Key Features
* 64-bit, 133MHz PCI-X Serial ATA host controller
* Works in any PCI-X or PCI slot in the listed compatible computers
* 8 ports (4 internal/4 external)
* 48-bit LBA support for drives with a capacity larger than 137 GB
* No drivers to install; plug and play installation
* Supports Mac OS Xs built-in RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring) functions
* Upgradable firmware to enable future enhancements
* Includes two 22-inch, internal SATA data cables and two legacy to SATA power cable adapters

-Mac OS Compatible with Mac OS X Version 10.2 and higher
-Macintosh models: Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White, Power Mac G4 (all models except Cube), Power Mac G5

Pricing and Availability
Tempo-X SATA 4+4 will be available December 6, 2004, with retail pricing of USD $199.95.

For more information about the Tempo-X SATA 4+4, please refer to the Sonnet web site at:

About Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Sonnet Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, is the worldwide leader in processor upgrade cards, ATA disk controller cards, and other enhancement products for Apple Macintosh computers. 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 to purchase a product, visit the Sonnet Technologies web site at, or call the company at 1-949-587-3500.


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