Promise today announced the availability of a complete line of Enhanced
Serial ATA (SATA) host-bus adapters (HBAs) for SATA 1.5G drives. As the next
step in the evolution of SATA-based products, these new Enhanced SATA
controllers incorporate some new features and add support for the latest drive
improvements like command queuing for increased I/O performance. These
first-to-market Enhanced SATA adapters offer desktop, workstation, and small
server users the leading edge in ATA storage technology.

Promise’s Enhanced SATA offering includes two non-RAID controllers, the
SATAII150 TX2plus and the SATAII150 TX4, and two RAID controllers, the FastTrak
TX2200 and the FastTrak TX4200. The SATAII150 TX2plus controller lists for $ 41 (MSRP).
The SATAII150 TX4 controller lists for $ 59 (MSRP). The FastTrak TX2200
controller lists for $ 60 (MSRP). The FastTrak TX4200 controller lists for $ 106 (MSRP).
These products are available now through Promise’s excellent coverage of
worldwide distributors.

Promise today announced the availability of a complete line of Enhanced
Serial ATA (SATA) host-bus adapters (HBAs) for SATA 1.5G drives. As the next
step in the evolution of SATA-based products, these new Enhanced SATA
controllers incorporate some new features and add support for the latest drive
improvements like command queuing for increased I/O performance. These
first-to-market Enhanced SATA adapters offer desktop, workstation, and small
server users the leading edge in ATA storage technology.

While Serial ATA storage products are widely available, the Serial ATA standard
has a defined roadmap for product improvements. The next step in the evolution
of Serial ATA is defined by the Serial ATA II, Extensions to SATA 1.0
specification, and Promise’s new Enhanced SATA solutions are designed to meet
this advance with updates to the company’s proven, industry-leading controllers.
Promise’s Enhanced SATA offering includes two non-RAID controllers, the
SATAII150 TX2plus and the SATAII150 TX4, and two RAID controllers, the FastTrak
TX2200 and the FastTrak TX4200.

For customers that want to add RAID functionality to their storage system, the
FastTrak TX2200 and FastTrak TX4200 offer users solutions for improved
performance and data protection. The FastTrak TX2200 provides an ideal
entry-level solution with support for two drives and RAID 0 for improved
performance or RAID 1 for data protection. With four Serial ATA ports, the
FastTrak TX4200 provides a cost-effective full-featured RAID solution with
support for RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 10.

The SATAII150 TX2plus and the SATAII150 TX4 are non-RAID controllers. For
consumers who want to migrate their existing ATA components to a serial
platform, the SATAII150 TX2plus provides a hybrid solution that combines two
independent SATA ports and one Parallel ATA channel for support of up to two
Serial and two Ultra ATA drives. For an all-serial upgrade, the Promise
SATAII150 TX4 offers four independent SATA ports for up to four Serial ATA 1.5G
drives.

Promise’s Enhanced SATA solutions support advanced features including SATA
Tagged Command Queuing, Native Command Queuing and Disk Activity LED headers.
With drives that can take advantage of this capability, Command Queuing
increases I/O performance by intelligently reordering data requests so that the
data can be more quickly accessed than if the commands weren’t ordered.

Promise’s Enhanced SATA PCI adapter solutions include advanced HBA features for
ultimate application flexibility. The line of HBAs features a low-profile form
factor that is compact enough to fit into small rackmount servers. All of the
cards support a 66MHz PCI bus for up to 266MB/sec burst data transfer rate. And
all of Promise’s Enhanced SATA adapters use a Promise ASIC with large LBA
support for drives above 137GB and an onboard BIOS that automatically identifies
and configures drive type.

The SATAII150 TX2plus controller lists for $ 41 (MSRP). The SATAII150 TX4
controller lists for $ 59 (MSRP). The FastTrak TX2200 controller lists for $ 60 (MSRP).
The FastTrak TX4200 controller lists for $ 106 (MSRP). These products are
available now through Promise’s excellent coverage of worldwide distributors.