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Affordable 6Gb/s SATA Solution

Why an eSATA Card?
Are you planning to connect external storage to your computer? There's a good chance the storage enclosure will have two or more interfaces from which to choose, including FireWire®, USB, and eSATA. Your computer has USB ports, and may have FireWire ports, too. So if you can just plug into your computer's existing ports, why use an eSATA card? Consider the fact that the eSATA interface offers significantly superior performance to that of FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces. Sonnet's Tempo™ edge™ SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 is an affordable solution for adding fast eSATA connectivity through an adapter that practically disappears inside your computer.

Fusion F3 & Fusion D400QR5Sonnet's smallest 6Gb/s SATA host controller features a single eSATA port. Through its single port, Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 can connect single drive enclosures (great for solid state drives [SSDs] or standard hard drives), or multi-drive storage systems with integrated hardware RAID controllers, like Sonnet's Fusion™ F3 2-drive system or Fusion D400QR5 4-drive system.

Key Features

Affordable solution for adding one 6Gb/s eSATA ports to your MacBook Pro or PC notebook computer with ExpressCard/34 slot

Supports booting (see Technical Specifications)

Supports single SATA drive enclosures and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures with hardware RAID controllers

Supports single SATA drive enclosures and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures (see Technical Specifications)

AHCI compliant—drives not required; however, Sonnet's Mac OS X driver significantly increases performance

Supports drive hot-swapping


Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 is versatile. Its fast 6Gb/s eSATA interface is well suited to deal with the increased bandwidth requirements of fast SSDs. It supports the RAID features of Mac OS® X, Windows® 7, and Windows Vista®. It also supports hot-swapping of drives. You can connect optical drives, too. Installation is simple—just plug in the card to your computer's ExpressCard®/34 slot and then start your computer—the necessary drivers are installed automatically. When you need to add flexible, external storage to your setup, Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 gets you connected, fast.

Part No.  
TSATAIII-E1-E34 Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34
Warranty 1-year
RoHS Compliant Yes
Bus Interface ExpressCard/34, PCI Express 2.0 interface
External Connectors One eSATA
ATAPI (DVD-ROM) Support Yes
Drive Types

SATA 6 Gb/s, SATA 3 Gb/s, and SATA 1.5 Gb/s

AHCI Support

AHCI Support Chart

Package Contents
  • Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 host controller
  • Documentation

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac Compatibility

MacBook Pro (with ExpressCard/34 slot)

Mac OS X Version 10.5+

OS X Mavericks compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC notebook (with ExpressCard slot)

Windows® 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Technical Notes

  1. Although the card will operate with the built-in Mac OS X AHCI driver, it will operate at significantly increased performance with the Sonnet driver.
  2. OS X boot support requires MacBook Pro (early 2011) or later.

Tempo SATA Edge 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 Performance


Number of Drives RAID Mode Read
SATA Drive (3TB Hitachi 3.5", 7200rpm) 1 JBOD 145 100
Fusion F3 (6TB) 2 HW RAID 0 185 110
Fusion D400QR5 (12TB) 4 HW RAID 5 190 110


Product image Product Name Part No. Description
Locking eSATA cable Sonnet 2-Meter Locking eSATA Cable TCB-SATA-2L-2M eSATA data cable with locking connectors
Locking eSATA cable Sonnet 1-Meter Locking eSATA Cable TCB-SATA-2L-1M eSATA data cable with locking connectors
ExpressCard/34 to 54 Stabilizer ExpressCard/34 to 54 Stabilizer E34-E54-BK Brace for stabilizing an ExpressCard/34 adapter card in an ExpressCard/54 slot