Sonnet Releases Upgradeable HD-SDI Enabled Tempo SSD PCIe Cards

Sonnet Announces High-Performance 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express® 2.5-Inch SSD Cards

Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro Let Users Select and Mount Their Own 6Gb SSDs On a PCIe Card for Use in a Computer or Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Chassis

IRVINE, CA”August 9, 2012”Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express® 2.5″ SSD cards, the newest members of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance 6 Gb/s SATA host controllers. The Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro allow users to separately purchase one or two solid state drives (SSDs) and then easily mount them on PCIe cards. Unlike other PCIe SSD cards, the Tempo SSD Pro and Tempo SSD utilize widely available 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (sold separately), giving users great flexibility in selecting the capacity and performance of SSDs that best suite their needs and budget, plus the option to easily upgrade as required.

SSDs have become important components in systems requiring extremely fast data transfer speeds and large numbers of I/O operations, delivering performance that cannot be matched by spinning disk drives. Instead of relying on proprietary SSD modules, Sonnet chose to support standard 2.5-inch SATA SSDs to allow users access to the widest variety of SSDs and hard disk drives (HDDs), which are generally available at better prices than proprietary SSD modules.

The Tempo SSD card uses a high-performance 6Gb/s SATA controller and a PCIe 2.0 interface, and features a unique modular design that supports one SSD with the card at half-length, or two SSDs with an included bracket that extends the card to full length. Tempo SSD supports sustained read speeds up to 470 MB/s from a single SSD, or up to 660 MB/s from two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. .

With Sonnets full-length Tempo SSD Pro card, users can mount two SSDs in a full-length PCIe slot. The Tempo SSD Pro features a higher-performance 6Gb/s SATA SSD controller that supports sustained read speeds up to 900 MB/s from two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set.

The Sonnet Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards install into a Mac® or Windows® computers PCIe slot or into a Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards such as Sonnets Echo Express or Echo Express Pro, respectively. SSDs attached to these Sonnet cards can be configured as boot drives under Windows. With SSDs attached, both cards are narrow enough to occupy the space of only a single-width card. Installed in a Mac Pro®, the Tempo cards offer twice the bandwidth of the native 3Gb/s SATA bus for superior performance.

Both cards include an optional PCIe bracket that supports the installation of two BNC connectors for HD-SDI output like those supplied with RED® Digital Cinemas RED Rocket card. This bracket enables users to add a Tempo SSD and a Red Rocket card in two slots and route the HD-SDI out the back without needing a third slot.

Our Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards offer a fresh twist on high-performance storage, supporting the performance of the fastest 2.5-inch SSDs and providing our customers with complete price/performance flexibility, said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. We believe these products will appeal to both Mac Pro and Windows workstation and server users, as well as PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis customers who will find it very convenient to add extremely fast SSD storage directly into the chassis.

Compatible with OS X® 10.6.8+ (including Mountain Lion®), Microsoft® Windows 7, Vista®, and Server 2008, the Tempo SSD (part number TSATA6-SSD-E2) is available now at a suggested retail price of $149.95, and the Tempo SSD Pro (part number TSATA6-SSDPR-E2) will be available in late August at a suggested retail price of $299.95. More information on both cards is available at

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  1. Something like this with mSATA SSDs would be smaller and possibly accomodate up to 4 mSATA SSDs.

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    So what is it that makes the Tempo SSD /Pro card worth $149/$299? Because honestly, to me, it looks so like a SATA RAID HBA that can be found at much cheaper prices.

    Taking a SATA RAID HBA and replacing the cable connectors with direct SATA & Power on the card itself, then adding an expensive $150 extension plate seems OTT! Or am i missing something?

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    Cette carte Tempo SSD est basée sur le même principe que celle vendue chez Apricorn, soit la Velocity Solo x2 Extreme Performance. C’est dommage qu’on ne puisse pas booter sur un Mac Pro avec cette Tempo SSD alors que Sonnet est généralement réputé pour être pro-Mac. 🙁

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    Given the weight and length I can’t imagine this will pass any kind of shock/vibe/drop test!

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    I don’t understand this either.

    Why this instead of the Highpoint Raid? for the same price? You could hook up 8 x SSD instead.

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