IRVINE, California - Sonnet today introduced its first SATA Revision 3.0 host controller cards — Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 for desktop computers, and Tempo SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 and Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 for notebook computers. These new additions to Sonnet’s broad selection of PCI Express (PCIe) and ExpressCard/34 adapters offer bootability, and deliver fast performance, especially when used with storage products equipped with the SATA 6Gb/s interface, yet offer backward compatibility with 3Gb/s SATA devices.
SATA Revision 3.0, the next generation Serial ATA drive interface, offers a 6Gb/s transfer rate, twice that of the previous version. It is well suited for use with SSDs (solid state drives), which can saturate a 3Gb/s host controller interface. Tempo SATA 6Gb/s cards are compatible with SSDs, standard hard disk drives, and optical drives with an eSATA interface. These Sonnet host controller cards can support up to four drives per port to enclosures equipped with integrated hardware RAID controllers.
All three host controllers support booting from external drives, in most current configurations and are compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and later, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. These Sonnet cards are fully compliant with the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) industry standard, and deliver a plug-and-play experience with no software installation required. The easy-to-install Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 desktop computer card features two eSATA ports, a PCIe 2.0 interface for maximum performance, and Sonnet-exclusive locking eSATA connectors for secure data cable connections.
Tempo SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 features two eSATA ports, while the Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 features a single eSATA port and super slim design. Both adapters simply plug into a notebook computers’ ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot.
All three cards are available immediately. Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 (part number TSATAIII-E2-E2), Tempo SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 (part number TSATAIII-E2-E34) and Tempo Edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 (part number TSATAIII-E1-E34) have a suggested retail price of USD $79.95 each.