San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2007
Booth #S2645 -- FirmTek, LLC, a pioneer and leader in Serial ATA (SATA) storage solutions for the Macintosh platform, has announced the SeriTek/5PM SATA enclosure with Port Multiplier technology. Announced at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, this breakthrough solution houses up to 5 hot-swappable drives, each with transfer rates as high as 3 gigabits per second, delivering potential aggregate speed beyond 220 megabytes per second with just one cable. When configured with three other enclosures (for a total of 20 drives), this speed can reach beyond 700 megabytes per second. This remarkable speed and capacity allows streaming of uncompressed video streams, enabling numerous applications in video production, photography, storage and archiving, as well as other activities involving large media or image files. FirmTek's established hot-swap compatibility also makes it easy for users to move entire drives and arrays between any FirmTek-equipped systems, or into secure storage, in seconds.
In addition to its state-of-the-art support of Port Multiplication, the SeriTek/5PM delivers several exciting new features such as a front-panel power switch that carries a multi second delay to prevent accidental power-down. "While Port Multiplication is the centerpiece of our Macworld Expo product roll-out, we are very pleased to have engineered this latest SeriTek enclosure with several features requested by customers over the past years," reports Chi Kim Stanford, VP of Business Development for FirmTek. "We have dedicated our resources to SATA, and we are confident that users will find our latest products to deliver in all areas, from performance and reliability, to aesthetics and usability."
The SeriTek/5PM is made of attractive aluminum and features several other design elements to deliver security and reliability. It has a unique temperature management system featuring two ultra-quite fans that have three user-selectable speeds, a fault LED and a mutable temperature and fan failure alarm. For further protection, FirmTek employs a server-class power supply as standard equipment.
The SeriTek/5PM is compatible with most Port Multiplier capable eSATA controller cards, as well as all SATA drives. Port Multiplication is supported by most Macintosh systems running OS X 10.4.0 or later. The enclosure is system independent, and will work with any Macintosh or Windows PC with a controller that correctly follows the eSATA II specifications for Port Multiplication.
Five Drives Running on a Single Cable
The remarkable new technology included in the SeriTek/5PM is support for port multiplication. Driven by new controller cards supporting the eSATA II specification, this innovation allows each physical SATA port to drive multiple devices in enclosures like the SeriTek/5PM. Port multiplier technology optimizes up to 5 drives per enclosure, delivering much greater throughput without taxing the computer's processor. When 20 high performance drives are configured in a RAID array (utilizing four SeriTek/5PMs), throughput can exceed 700Mb/sec (depending on the controller card), enabling multiple HD video streams to be streamed directly to disk. Port multiplication also delivers much greater simplicity for standard applications, as a single cable connects the computer with up to five drives (previous technology required a separate cable for each external SATA drive). For more advanced applications it dramatically increases on-hand high-performance storage. With up to 20 RAID-configured drives connected simultaneously, accessible storage limits can be effectively eliminated for all but the most demanding applications.
Optimizing Security and Flexibility
FirmTek has pioneered products supporting ATA and SATA 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.
Port Multiplication further enhances flexibility, as users are free to use multiple cards and multiple enclosures to create ideal RAID solutions in both size and performance. Depending on the application, users may opt for multiple cards, multiple enclosures or both to attain the solution that best meets their needs.
Hot-swappable external enclosures also provide effectively unlimited storage capacity, as users are not limited to the drive bays available. As volumes are filled to capacity, they are easily removed and replaced with new drives, ready to accept additional content. FirmTek's direct backplane design makes installation as easy as 1-2-3, with no internal cabling, switches or other configuration involved.
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.
Price and Availability
The price of the SeriTek/5PM will be announced soon, and it is expected to ship in late March, 2007.
SeriTek/5PM Key Features and Benefits
- Attractive anodized extruded aluminum design with a professional appearance with maximum rigidity and heat dissipation
- SATA II compliant; auto-negotiation between the latest 3Gb/s and legacy 1.5Gb/s Serial ATA drives
- Built-in Port Multiplier supports up to five 3.5" SATA hard disk drives via one external data cable to host controller
Note: SeriTek/5PM requires a SATA host controller that supports Port Multiplication, such as SeriTek/2ME4-E (for systems with PCIe slots), SeriTek/2SE4 (for systems with PCI-X slots), or SeriTek/2SM2-E (for notebooks with ExpressCard/34 slots)
- Supports most host adapter, operating system, and software-based RAID or JBOD configurations
- Features eSATA external connectors
- Front Power switching for easy access: Press and hold to power off
- Enclosure Power Status LED: Power and Activity LEDs for each hard drive
- Built-in server-class power supply for maximum reliability
- Heat Management System: Two ultra-quiet fans with individual fan/temperature status, fault LEDs and mutable alarms
- User-selectable fans speed settings: LO/MED/HIGH
- Hot-swappable, plug-and-play flexibility in switching drives
- Hot-swap drive trays are interchangeable with FirmTek's SeriTek/2eEN4, SeriTek/2EN2, SeriTek/1EN2 enclosure
- Direct backplane, connectors, and provided shielded cables are designed to minimize electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic emissions, providing the most secure environment for your data
- Platform and Operating system independent; compatible with all Macintosh and PC computers running Mac OS X, Windows and Linux
- Designed as a native Serial ATA solution; no internal data cable, no Parallel ATA/USB/FireWire to Serial ATA bridge chips that might impact performance and reliability
- Easy to set up: Only 3 steps to integrate each hard drive
- Easy to transport: Compact and portable
- Drive bays/trays lock for maximum physical security and to prevent accidental removal during operation
- Features Kensington Security Slot
- Includes one fully-shielded external eSATA cable
- Ideal for multimedia-intensive applications: high-definition audio/video capture and editing, photography, graphics manipulation and high-end digital applications.
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, or email info @ firmtek.com.
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