FirmTek Announces First Shipments of SeriTek/2SE2-E PCI Express eSATA Adapter for the Latest Macintosh G5

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New solution equips the latest PCI Express based Macintosh G5 towers with state-of-the-art storage performance and flexibility.

We are pleased to deliver a PCI Express card supporting Serial ATA for these G5s

FirmTek, LLC, a pioneer and leader in Serial ATA (SATA) storage solutions for Macintosh and PC platforms, is now shipping their anticipated SeriTek/2SE2-E PCI Express adapter with two external eSATA ports. Announced at NAB, this breakthrough solution provides a high-performance SATA adapter that delivers the benefits of a modern bus architecture with "SATA II" transfer rates as high as 3 gigabytes per second for two external drives. This is the first two-port solution to arrive for the advanced technology in the Dual-Core and Quad-Core G5s that provides plug-and-play functionality which works without having to install separate drivers. In addition, FirmTek's established hot-swap capability makes it easy for users to move entire drives and arrays between any FirmTek-equipped desktop system, or into secure storage, in seconds.

Support for the Bus Standard of the Future

Apple's use of PCI Express in the new G5 has opened a new era of performance for peripheral devices and expansion cards. Unlike previous standards, PCI Express (also known as PCIe) gives each device dedicated bandwidth and access to the system controller. Under this design standard, slots are defined by the number of data lanes included; usually one, four, eight or sixteen, each supporting up to 250 Mbps. The new G5s include a 16-lane slot intended for a graphics, as well as two slots with four lanes and one slot with eight. Cards must be specially designed to work with this new standard. "We are pleased to deliver a PCI Express card supporting Serial ATA for these G5s," said Chi Kim Stanford, Vice President of Business Development for FirmTek. "We’re very happy to announce its delivery ahead of schedule."

Security and Flexibility

FirmTek has pioneered products supporting ATA standards on the Macintosh for many years, and offers a variety of enclosures and interface solutions for demanding users. Since the introduction of Serial ATA, the ability to hot-swap drives between enclosures has been a key feature across FirmTek's products. All FirmTek enclosures are designed to allow quick and easy removal and installation of drives, usually in about a minute, without shutting down or restarting the computer. This flexibility allows users to share important data quickly, transfer or duplicate files at the speed of SATA (instead of over sluggish networks, slow USB/FireWire, or Internet connections), and to keep more sensitive files locked up and secure with minimal effort.

Hot-swappable external enclosures also provide effectively unlimited storage capacity, as users are not limited to the two internal drive bays provided with the basic G5 system. As volumes are filled to capacity, they are easily removed and replaced with new drives, and ready to accept additional content. Enclosures are currently available in 2-drive or 4-drive configurations to meet the budgets and needs of most professionals.

To assist customers in maximizing their productivity and obtaining maximum benefit from their FirmTek solutions, FirmTek offers additional drive trays for $22.99 each, without any additional purchases required. This enables customers to keep an unlimited number of drives on hand and ready for action.

Designed to work with the Latest G5

As a PCI Express card, the SeriTek/2SE2-E is solely intended for use with the new Dual and Quad-Core G5 systems and PCs that utilize the PCI Express bus. This new card design is not compatible with older PCI-X or PCI slots. FirmTek offers a variety of outstanding solutions for other Macintosh and PC platforms, more can be learned about these products at http://www.firmtek.com.

Pricing and Availability

FirmTek's SeriTek/2SE2-E adapter for the latest G5 and PCs running Windows and Linux is available now from FirmTek’s network of resellers and from the FirmTek website, with estimated retail pricing of USD$99.95. For more information or to order, please visit FirmTek's website at http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-2se2-e.

About FirmTek

Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded by former Apple engineers, FirmTek is a leading hardware and firmware research and development company focusing on Macintosh storage technologies. The company takes pride in developing the most reliable and most compatible high performance enhancement solutions offered through FirmTek's OEM and worldwide distribution channels. For information on how FirmTek helps users deploy, and organizations develop, advanced interface solutions, visit FirmTek's website at http://www.firmtek.com.

SeriTek and FirmTek are trademarks of FirmTek, LLC. Macintosh, Mac, and G5 are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft, Inc.

Press Contact: Kim Stanford

Company Name: FirmTek, LLC

Phone: 510-675-9800 x530

Website: http://www.firmtek.com

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