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Impressively Fast—Transfers Data at up to 1.5 Gbps!

Sonnet's Tempo™ Serial ATA PCI adapter card enables you to connect the latest Serial ATA (SATA) and parallel(1) ATA hard drives to your older Macintosh® computer. Take advantage of the higher data transfer rates and improved cabling performance that SATA offers. Watch your data fly at up to 1.5 Gbps without sacrificing integrity! Just install this card into your PCI slot and make the switch to Serial ATA. Now what could be easier?

Sonnet Technologies is the leader in Macintosh upgrade products. Our engineering experience enables us to provide Macintosh users with the most reliable products in the industry. Keep us in mind whenever you are planning to upgrade your Mac, Sonnet offers an ever-expanding array of upgrade solutions that will increase the performance and extend the life of your Macintosh system.


Key Features

Affordable solution for adding 2 SATA ports to your computer

48-bit LBA support for drives larger than 137GB

Supports Mac OS X mirroring and striping

Boots from any attached hard drive


Tempo Serial ATA Card Installation Diagram

Tempo Serial ATA installs easily into a PCI slot; the location of your computer's PCI slots may vary from this illustration. (Please note that only one SATA data cable is included.)

See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes
Part No.  
TSATA Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
RoHS Compliant Yes
Bus Interface 32-bit, 33/66 MHz PCI
Internal Connectors 2 SATA
Drives Supported Up to 2
Data Transfer Rate Up to 150 Mbytes/second or 1.5 Gbits/second burst data transfer rate
ATAPI Support Yes(2)
Drive Type Supported Serial ATA; Ultra DMA modes 6/5/4/3/2/1/0, PIO modes 4/3/2/1/0 (1)
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Bootability Supported
Advanced Features
  • Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0a specification
  • Bus Mastering off-loads data I/O handling from CPU
  • Complete 32-bit CRC error checking, for all bits transmitted (command, data and status), offers enhanced data protection for high-speed Serial ATA drives
  • Dual independent data channels allows for separate device timings
  • Automatically identifies and configures drive types(1)
  • Automatically detects and supports devices utilizing many transfer modes including UltraDMA 6/5/4/3/2/1/0, PIO 4/3/2/1/0(1)


Specifications subject to change without notice.





Mac® Compatibility

Power Mac G5 (with PCI or PCI-X slots)

Power Mac G4

Power Mac® G3 (Blue & White)(1)

OS® X 10.5, 10.4, or 10.3

Mac OS® 9

Windows® Compatibility

Windows ME, 2000, XP (SP2), NT 4.0


Technical Notes

  1. OS X supported on Power Mac G3 computers when used with appropriate third-party software. Please refer to software developer's website for complete compatibility and specification details. Sonnet does not endorse nor offer support for third-party software. For support issues, please refer software developer's support site.
  2. Parallel ATA disk drives are supported when using Sonnet's Tempo Bridge or similar Serial ATA-to-Parallel ATA adapter.


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