updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed September 17, 2003
FirmTek today announced its new , which provides "an easy and affordable way for Power Mac users to take advantage of the market's latest offerings in Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) storage technologies." The company says that SeriTek/1S2 boosts overall system performance with data transfer rates of up to 150MBytes/sec or 1.5Gbits/sec. It is now shipping for $70.
Supporting Serial ATA's longer, thinner, fully insulated cables and smaller 7-pin connectors, FirmTeks says the SeriTek/1S2 promotes simplified installation and improved airflow, resulting in a cooler Macintosh operating environment when compared to solutions using standard Parallel ATA cables. The adapter's dual-port internal host controller provides high performance support for up to two storage devices, while the 48-bit LBA capability assures support for drives beyond the 137GB limit of many host adapters. The card requires no drivers and supports booting from Mac OS 8/9/X. Included in the SeriTek/1S2 package is the PCI card, a Serial ATA data interface cable with a special "L" connector on one end to ease installation in the Power Mac chassis, and a detailed User's Manual.