FirmTek Announces Their Serial ATA Adapter for Macintosh and Windows
Notebook Computers

New SeriTek/1SM2 PC Card Enables Native Serial ATA 1.5Gbps Performance
Option over Slower USB and Firewire Interfaces

San Francisco, California (January 10, 2006) — FirmTek, LLC, a leading
developer of Serial ATA storage solutions, announced today at Macworld Expo
the latest addition to their line of Serial ATA adapters for Macintosh and
Windows computers. The SeriTek/1SM2 PC Card is a Type II 32-bit CardBus
host adapter which brings superior Serial ATA 1.5Gbps storage transfer
performance to notebook computers. The SeriTek/1SM2 shares many advanced
features with FirmTek’s popular line of SeriTek host adapters such as
best-in-class performance, the ability to hot-swap hard drives without
having to power down the notebook (even drives which are configured as part
of a RAID array), ease-of-use comparable to USB and FireWire, and the
incorporation of FirmTek’s expertise in providing quality products with
extreme compatibility and reliability.

“Users who take their work on the road need an option to quickly and
reliably swap and share high-performance Serial ATA hard drives among
desktop and notebook computers,” said Chi Kim Stanford, VP of Business
Development. “Now they have that option with our new SeriTek/1SM2 notebook
PC Card adapter, enabling desktop-style storage performance and capacity on
laptop computers.”

SeriTek/1SM2 Key Features and Benefits

* Supports two 3.5″ SATA hard disk drives
* Enables effortless transport of high-capacity and high-performance Serial
ATA hard drives
* Supports operating system and software-based RAID or JBOD configurations
* Disk activity LEDs for each hard drive
* Hot-swappable flexibility in switching drives
* Compatible with FirmTek’s full line of hard drive enclosures
* Allows exchanging of Serial ATA hard drives between multiple desktop and
notebook computers
* Designed as a native Serial ATA solution; no Parallel ATA/USB/Firewire to
Serial ATA bridge chips that might impact performance and reliability

* Features new eSATA external connectors which offer maximum
insertion/removal dependability
* Platform independent; compatible with G4+ Macintosh and PC notebooks with
PC Card 32-bit CardBus Type II slots
* Supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux
* Works with original style shielded SATA-I or the latest eSATA enclosure
ports (original style shielded SATA-I to eSATA data cables available

Pricing and Availability

FirmTek’s SeriTek/1SM2 Serial ATA enclosure will be available during the
first quarter of this year for the estimated retail price of USD$89.95 (P/N
SATA-1SM2 – ( Specially
priced bundles with enclosures will also be available. For more
information or to purchase FirmTek products, please email
or visit FirmTek’s website at (file://

About FirmTek

Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded in 1998 by former Apple
engineers, FirmTek is the leading hardware and firmware research and
development company focusing on Serial ATA storage technologies. A member
of the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), the company takes
pride in developing the most reliable and compatible high performance
enhancement solutions offered through FirmTek’s OEM partners and worldwide
distribution channels. For information FirmTek’s products and operations,
visit FirmTek’s website at (file:// or email