I/O Leader SIIG Ships Ultra ATA/66 Product(Fremont, California; July 23, 1999) SIIG, Inc. is shipping a breakthrough technology product for the hard disk drive controller market. Reasonably priced Ultra ATA/66 hard drives offering 66 Mb/sec data transfer rates have been shipping for several months, but current motherboards do not have the on-board controllers to support such high data transfer rates. The only way to get the maximum performance from an Ultra66 hard disk drive is by upgrading the system with SIIG's Ultra ATA/66 PCI controller.
SIIG's new UltraATA/66 PCI is a PCI-bus, dual channel Ultra ATA/66 controller with 40-pin/80-wire Ultra ATA/66 cable included. This next generation Ultra ATA interface doubles the current burst data transfer to 66MB/sec - which is more than two to three times faster than existing IDE drive speeds. This high-speed interface allows host computers to send and retrieve data faster, removing bottle necks associated with system performance.
At its fast burst data rates, Ultra ATA/66 will go further than Ultra ATA/33 by improving sequential data transfer, and heightening data integrity to the EIDE interface through use of a 40-pin, 80-conductor cable. The CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) error detection code provides data verification and achieves flawless data transfer, while the bus-mastering feature reduces I/O processing load on the CPU to enhance system performance. With support for as many as 4 IDE/ATAPI devices and IDE drives up to 128GBs in capacity, the UltraATA/66 PCI will enable maximum disk performance with the Ultra ATA/66 hard disk drives.
SIIG's Ultra ATA/66 PCI will extend existing technology with 100% backward compatibility on Ultra ATA/33, EIDE/Fast ATA-2, IDE, and ATAPI devices. It is fully Ultra ATA/66 compatible. It conforms to PCI v2.1 Plug-n-Play.
As Dolly Chao, SIIG's Director of Sales and Marketing, states, "As one of the first manufacturers to ship the Ultra ATA/66 controller solution, SIIG is reinforcing its commitment to bring next-generation technology to the market. At the same time, the backward compatibility of this product supports our commitment to the market's installed base of older systems. And in spite of its aggressively positioned MSRP of $59.99, the Ultra ATA/66 PCI offers the same world-class quality that people have come to rely on in all of our products."