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Sonnet reveals 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express 2.5-inch SSD cards

9 August 2012
Sonnet reveals 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express 2.5-inch SSD cards

Sonnet Technologies has released its Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express (PCIe) 2.5-inch solid-state drive (SSD) cards. The Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro enable users to purchase one or two SSDs separately and then mount them on PCIe cards. The Tempo SSD Pro and Tempo SSD use widely available 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, giving users flexibility in selecting the SSD capacity and performance that best suits their needs and budget, as well as the option to upgrade as required. The Tempo SSD card uses a 6Gb/s SATA controller and a PCIe 2.0 interface, and it supports one SSD with the card at half-length or two SSDs with an included bracket that extends the card to full length. Tempo SSD supports sustained read speeds of up to 470 MB/s from a single SSD or up to 660 MB/s from two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. With Sonnet’s full-length Tempo SSD Pro card, users can mount two SSDs in a full-length PCIe slot. The Tempo SSD Pro features a higher-performance 6Gb/s SATA SSD controller that supports sustained read speeds of up to 900 MB/s from two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. The Sonnet Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards install into a Mac or Windows computer’s PCIe slot or into a Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards. SSDs attached to these Sonnet cards can be configured as boot drives under Windows. With SSDs attached, both cards are narrow enough to occupy the space of only a single-width card. Installed in a Mac Pro, the Tempo cards offer twice the bandwidth of the native 3Gb/s SATA bus. Both cards include an optional PCIe bracket that supports the installation of two BNC connectors for HD-SDI output like those supplied with RED Digital Cinema’s RED Rocket card. This bracket enables users to add a Tempo SSD and a Red Rocket card in two slots and route the HD-SDI out the back without needing a third slot. "Our Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards offer a fresh twist on high-performance storage, supporting the performance of the fastest 2.5-inch SSDs and providing our customers with complete price/performance flexibility," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "We believe these products will appeal to both Mac Pro and Windows workstation and server users, as well as PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis customers, who will find it very convenient to add extremely fast SSD storage directly into the chassis." www.sonnettech.com

 

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