FirmTek, LLC, a pioneer and leader in Serial ATA (SATA) storage solutions for the Macintosh platform, today unveiled at NAB 2006 their new SeriTek/2SM2-E, a Serial ATA ExpressCard host adapter. The SeriTek/2SM2-E extends SATA’s performance capabilities beyond the desktop, enabling content producers to capture, develop, edit and create content in almost any environment when using Apple’s new MacBook Pro portable computers. With transfer rates up to 3 gigabits per second per port, this breakthrough solution sets a new standard for handling data in a remote setting. FirmTek’s established hot-swap compatibility also makes it easy for users to move entire drives and arrays from the MacBook Pro to any FirmTek-equipped desktop system in seconds.
With the arrival of the MacBook Pro earlier this year, Apple introduced its first systems utilizing ExpressCard, the industry’s follow-up to the long-established PC Card standard that is now considered too sluggish for the latest needs of media professionals. With nearly double the throughput of PC Cards, the ExpressCard standard will allow notebooks to support applications involving HD video and other demanding content and creativity. FirmTek’s SeriTek/2SM2-E is the first ExpressCard solution announced supporting SATA drives and enclosures.
FirmTek’s SeriTek/2SM2-E ExpressCard adapter for the Macintosh will be available early Q3 this year, with estimated retail pricing of US$119.95.
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