updated 12:30 am EDT, Fri September 12, 2008
Sonnet Tempo eSATA
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 two-port SATA host controller. The company claims sustained throughput speeds up to 200MB/Sec, designed for video capture/editing or other tasks requiring fast transfer. As an example, using Sonnet's F2 portable RAID drives configured as RAID 0 set connected to the Tempo, the company claims sustained speeds of 131MB per second for write and 133MB per second read.
Up to ten drives can be connected to two external 3Gb/s SATA II ports. Tempo works with either ExpressCard/54 or ExpressCard/34 slots, compatible with MacBook Pro (15"/17") running Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, or on a Windows XP SP2 or VISTA system. The Sonnet card will be available next month for $300.