Sonnet Offers Mail-In Rebates, New Drive Controller

Sonnet Technologies has announced two mail-in rebate offers on its Crescendo NuBus and Tango products for the month of December. They have also announced the new Tempo RAID66, an Ultra ATA66 card for G3 and G4 Macs. According to Sonnet:

Customers who purchase the Tango USB/FireWire PCI combo card between December 1 and 31, 2000 are eligible for one of two different rebate options. One option is to receive a $10 mail-in rebate upon complying with the terms and conditions outlined in the rebate form. The other option for these Tango customers is to chose a $25 mail-in rebate if they make an additional purchase of a Crescendo G3 or G4 card from the PCI, L2 or 7200 product lines by January 31, 2001.

Sonnet is also offering December mail-in rebates on three of its Crescendo/NuBus products in the following amounts:

  • A $50 mail-in rebate on a Crescendo/NuBus G3 300/1M
  • A $40 mail-in rebate on a Crescendo/NuBus G3 266/1M
  • A $30 mail-in rebate on a Crescendo/NuBus G3 250/ 512K

Tempo RAID66

The Tempo RAID66 is the latest addition to Sonnetis family of Tempo drive controller products, and provides unprecedented performance of up to three times that of the computeris original storage solution. It installs in minutes into any native G3 or G4 Mac with two or more available drive bays. Now these Mac owners can enhance their storage and computing capabilities with RAID striping (Level 0) technology incorporated entirely in hardware. By striping from hardware, the Tempo RAID66 allows booting from the RAID volume, unlike software RAID products which may require a separate boot drive.

Striping increases capacity and performance as blocks of information are stored and retrieved across two drives that have been combined to appear and act as a single volume. Speed gains become increasingly evident when working with large volumes of data, as with video editing and other multimedia applications. Tempo RAID66is dual independent IDE channels fully utilize the on-board 32-bit PCI Bus Master for a data transfer rate up to 133 MB/s. The Tempo RAID66 ships with two 40-pin 80-wire cables which support up to two drives each, one master and one slave on each cable. Each drive pair (master-master or slave-slave) will configure for a single striped volume.

Compatibility Striping is supported on the following Macintosh systems: Power Macintosh G3 Blue & White, desktop, mini-tower, server, and Power Macintosh G4 (PCI and AGP graphics).

The Tempo RAID66 is available for US$199.95 (SRP). You can find more information and the mail-in rebates at Sonnetis Web site.