Promise Technology boosts performance of four-drive Ultra ATA/133 RAID systems.Promise Technology, Inc. has announced expansion of its FastTrak family of ATA RAID Using ATA (IDE) drives in a high-performance and/or fault tolerant configuration. See RAID. controllers with the FastTrak TX4000 controller for Ultra ATA/133 drives.
Promise's FastTrak TX4000 ATA RAID controller targets high-performance desktop PC users interested in achieving enhanced performance in four-drive ATA RAID set-ups with a controller solution that provides four independent Ultra ATA An enhanced version of the IDE interface that transfers data at 33, 66 or 100 Mbytes/sec. These enhancements are also called "Ultra DMA," "UDMA," "ATA-33," "ATA-66," "ATA-100," "DMA-33," "DMA-66" and "DMA-100." See IDE for all the ATA types and speeds. channels. Using one independent channel for each of the four drives eliminates the master-slave drive configuration used on two-channel controllers, enabling greater cable flexibility, improving data throughput, and providing hot-swap support in a RAID 0+1 set-up when paired with Promise's SuperSwap 1000 hot-swap drive enclosure.
"As the market for ATA RAID continues to grow, storage users are looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. targeted solutions that address their unique requirements. Promise responds with highly-focused customer-specific solutions," said Sam Sirisena, vice president of sales and marketing worldwide, Promise Technology Inc. "With this new controller, Promise provides performance-oriented Ultra ATA users with the optimal cost-effective four-drive RAID solution."
Promise's FastTrak TX4000 controller leverages the company's hardware and software expertise to maximize performance in an entry-level, value-oriented RAID system. FastTrak controllers provide data protection and performance enhancement with support for RAID levels 0 (striping Interleaving or multiplexing data to increase speed. See disk striping.
striping - data striping ), 1 (mirroring), and 0+1 (striping and mirroring). The FastTrak TX4000 employs Promise Technology's single-chip controller ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor. with an integrated BIOS that automatically recognizes which type of drive is in place and optimizes performance, delivering data transfer speeds up to 266MB/sec.
To assure faster transfers, Promise cards use sophisticated data handling techniques to make data transfers more efficient and minimize overloading the host system CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. and slowing system response. Promise FastTrak controllers also include user-friendly FastBuild software to simplify installation and Promise Array Management (PAM) software, a professional-level visual administration tool to monitor and maintain the storage subsystem locally or remotely.
The FastTrak TX4000 lists for $139 (MSRP MSRP Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
MSRP Message Session Relay Protocol
MSRP Multi-Species Recovery Plan (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
MSRP Member of the Society for Radiological Protection (UK) ), and is shipping now.