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Sonnet Technologies Tempo SATA E2P Serial ATA Host Adapter Card for PCI Express Systems

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Product code: STITSATAIIE2P

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Add 2 eSATA SATA II Ports to your Apple Mac Pro, Power Mac G5 Model w/PCIe, or any PC with a PCI-Express slot.

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Tempo SATA E2P
2 Port 3Gb/s eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter

Are you planning to incorporate external data storage in your computer setup, but need a SATA host controller card to make the connection? Install a Tempo™ SATA E2P-it's an affordable solution for adding external SATA ports that enable you to hook up single2 and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures for your mass storage needs.
Why the Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P?
SATA drive enclosures offer flexibility not found in fixed drive installations inside a computer. Many offer swappable drive trays, which are perfect for managing daily backups and multiple projects, and most are portable. Some enclosures, like Sonnet's Fusion™ D500P and Fusion D400Q, feature port multipliers, which enable up to five hard drives to communicate with the host adapter through one cable. Not all host adapter cards support port multipliers, but Tempo SATA E2P does-through its two ports, this card can handle up to ten1 drives!

Tempo SATA E2P is versatile. It is Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Windows XP compatible and supports the RAID features2 of Mac OS® X, Windows XP Pro, and Windows Vista. It also supports hot-swapping of drives3under Mac OS X. Installation is simple-just plug in the card to any available PCI Express® (PCIe) slot, start your computer, and install a driver. When you need to add flexible, portable storage to your setup, Tempo SATA E2P gets you connected.


  • Affordable solution for adding two eSATA connections to your computer
  • Supports single and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures, including those with port multipliers
  • Supports up to 10 disk drives1
  • Hot-swap drive support2
  • Port Multiplier aware
  • FIS-based switching controller
  • Spread Spectrum Clocking for compatibility with all SATA drivers and lower EMI emissions
  • 48-bit LBA support for drives larger than 137GB



  • Tempo SATA 3Gb PCIe 2.0 host controller card
  • Half-height bracket
  • Software CD
  • Documentation


This Card Adds:
  • Two External eSATA 3Gb/s Ports (up to 5 eSATA devices each)
  • Available PCIe x1 lane Slot

See specifications below for system and/or OS compatibility information


This product is compatible with...Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 8-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8-core)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
PowerMac G5
Power Mac G5 (Late 2005)
(October, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac11,2
2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, dual 2.5GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve (Late 2006)
(August, 2006)
Model ID: Xserve1,1
dual 2.0GHz, dual 2.66GHz, dual 3.0GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: Xserve2,1
2.8GHz, dual 2.8GHz, dual 3.0GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve Quad-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
Xserve Intel
Xserve 8-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
PC Desktop
PC running Windows, Linux or FreeBSD and available PCI-Express x1 lane or better slot


Product Specifications

Manufacturer Part Number



  • Two External SATA 3Gb/s Ports


  • External - 10 Devices

Bus Specifications

  • PCI-Express x1

Form Factor

  • Standard PCI

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 125MB/s

RAID Functionality

  • OS dependent


  • No


  • Not Supported

Operating System Support

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Macintosh OS 10.3+ 5

RoHS Compliance

  • Yes

External Connectivity

  • x2 eSATA connector

Internal Connectivity

  • None


  • 4.75" x .875" x 5.25"
    (121 x 22 x 133mm)


  • 3.7 oz. (105g)




  1. Support for 10 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing port multipliers (like Sonnet's Fusion D500P, Fusion D400Q, or Fusion R400P). When using an enclosure without a port multiplier, Tempo SATA E2P will support 2 drives.
  2. SATA drive hot swapping is not supported in a desktop or server PC running Windows XP, Server 2003 or Vista. A SATA drive appears to the system as a not-removable hard drive and there is no mechanism in Windows to prepare the drive for removal.
  3. Sonnet Tempo cards are compatible with most external SATA storage. However, external hard drives with USB 2.0/eSATA dual interface based on the Oxford Semiconductor OXU931DS storage controller chip may not be compatible with Mac OS X when connected via SATA. Known issues are kernel panics occurring when the drive is connected, or the drive not being recognized by the operating system.
    • Summary of external SATA storage
    • Storage with eSATA alone Compatible
    • Storage with triple interfaces Compatible
    • Storage with eSATA plus Firewire 400 and/or 800 Compatible
    • Storage with port multiplier support (multiple drives) Compatible
    • Storage with RAID 0, 1, or 5 (multiple drives) Compatible
    • Storage with eSATA plus USB (based on JMicron 20366) Compatible
    • these compatible drives include, but are not limited to:
      - OWC Mercury On-the-Go USB 2.0/eSATA 2.5" portable
    • Storage with eSATA plus USB (based on Oxford OXU931DS) Not Compatible these incompatible drives include,
      but are not limited to:
      - Western Digital My Book™ Premium ES Edition™
      - Seagate Technology FreeAgent™ Pro
  4. Only Tempo SATA E2P with serial numbers starting with A, B, or D compatible; Tempo SATA E2P with serial numbers starting with C are not compatible in Power Mac G5. Revision D shipping Oct. 1, 2009.
  5. Lion Compatibility Note: A Lion install removes the driver for this device. Just reinstall the driver and the card will work again.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n TSATAII-E2P UPC#: 732311004940

Additional Information

Colour No
Type No
Connection No
Interface PCI
Form Factor No
Suitable for No
Model Identifier No
Manufacturer Sonnet
Manufacturer P/N TSATAII-E2P
UPC 732311004940
Shipping Restriction N/A

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