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New Two-Port eSATA Host Controller Offers Highest Available Throughput Performance for Notebook Users

IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 12, 2008 —

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo™ SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, a two-port SATA host controller that delivers the highest available throughput performance to notebook users. Ideal for video capture and editing in the field, studio, or office, this newest Tempo SATA card supports sustained data throughput of up to 200 MB/sec, 140 percent as fast as Sonnet’s standard-performance Tempo SATA card (and other popular two-port eSATA adapters) for notebook computers. With this exceptional throughput, the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 supports more simultaneous video streams during playback, and enables faster file transfers for content of any kind.

“As media professionals increasingly turn to on-location capture and editing of video content, they require high-performance storage systems with the speed to support larger files and a greater number of video streams,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “The Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 adapter addresses this demand for speed, setting the new standard for host controller performance in mobile storage applications.”

Based on Sonnet’s acclaimed Tempo SATA E4P SATA host controller for desktop computers, the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 enables users to connect up to 10 SATA hard drives to any compatible notebook computer with an ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot. The new Tempo card is a perfect match for demanding, high-performance editing applications. When used in combination with storage systems featuring two or more drives, the Sonnet card delivers significant gains in read and write data transfer speeds, with remarkably higher throughput than FireWire®, USB, and even earlier-generation eSATA ExpressCard adapters.

The Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 is compatible with MacBook® Pro systems running Mac OS® 10.5 and 10.4, as well as with notebooks running Windows Vista® and Windows® XP SP2. The Sonnet card will be available in October 2008 at a suggested retail price of $299.95.

More information about the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 host controller, Sonnet Technologies, and the company’s other products are available at http://www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies

Sonnet Technologies Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is a leader in providing local storage systems for professional users of Macintosh®, Windows®, and UNIX® systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Since its founding in 1986, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh and industry-standard computers. Today, the company is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a product line featuring a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable storage solutions, as well as a variety of performance-extending upgrade cards. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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