The first external 4 port PCI-e SATA
3G host adapter card compatible with Apple's latest
Mac Pro, Power Mac G5(Late 2005) and any PC equipped
with PCI-e slot . FASTA-4e features high speed SATA
3G connection at 3 Gbps bandwidth and allows you to
connect upto 4 external SATA devices. With the Port
Multiplier functionality, FASTA-4e can support up to
20 hard drives (like CalDigit's S2VR 5-drive Hardware
With FASTA-4e, you have the potential to actually use
the greatest speeds and the best STR (Sustainable Transfer
Rate) that are available with SATA 1.5Gb/s and 3Gb/s
interfaces, when you begin to stack SATA drives together
in RAID (like SATA dumb box, Port Multiplier-aware enclosure
or CalDigit S2VR Hardware RAID series).
Supporting high capacity and sustained data transfer,
FASTA-4e is ideal for connecting to video and photo
editing "scratch disks", huge photo/MP3/movie
libraries and small to medium business file servers.
Right Gear to Digital Darkroom
Being a photographer, loading or searching through
thousands of pictures via USB or FireWire interface
may not be practical or efficient. CalDigit’s
FASTA-4e is based on 8-lane PCI Express 3Gbps SATA architecture,
which is an ideal and easier way for storing photo libraries.
Comparing to the 2-drive FireWire800 RAID solution at
75MB/s, FASTA-4e can reach 148MB/s when connecting to
a 2-drive SATA RAID storage. (Like CalDigit's S2VR 2-drive
By populating 20 SATA drives in one FASTA-4e, you can
This is more cost- and time-effective solution for digital
Enhance Your Editing Experience
If you are a video editor working with FinalCut Pro
on a Mac Pro, G5 Dual-core or PC workstation, this card
is designed for you. FASTA-4e can easily handle multiple
streams of a variety video formats such as 10 bit uncompressed
HD, 8 bit uncompressed HD, DVCPro HD, 8 bit SD, 10 bit
SD, HDV, etc. It allows you to connect up to 4 external
S2VR with up to 20 drives and with 3Gbps bandwidth for
each port for the fastest data transfer.
No More Costly Fibre Channel or SCSI
At 450+ MBps**, editors can easily handle 10 bit uncompressed
HD footage with real time effects without waiting for
rendering or spending money on expensive Fibre Channel
or SCSI solution. This is the most affordable solution
for video editors who work in a small to mid sized studio
with a budget.
Upgrade your Mac Pro and G5 Dual-core
FASTA-4e provides the missing external SATA ports for
the Mac Pro and G5 Dual-core. The FASTA-4e offers four
external SATA 3G ports at up to 3 Gbps. FASTA-4e enables
individual drives or RAID arrays to be fully utilized
as high-performance storage on your Mac Pro and G5 Dual-core.
**450MBps was tested under Mac OSX 10.4 with S2VR Pro
Why choose SATA HBA for video
SATA is an evolutionary replacement for the PATA storage
interface. It provides affordable pricing, high performance
data transfer rate, expandable and friendly configuration.
It is the latest technology to replace FireWire, USB
and Fibre channel, etc.
For the video professionals, FASTA-4e will free up
the FireWire bus of your Mac Pro and G5 to allow video
capture devices such as DV camcorders, VCR, AJA Io,
LA, LD, etc. that requires the full bandwidth of FireWire
and high speed access to external hard drives.
What is SATA 3G?
SATA 3G is the latest SATA technology that supports
up to 3G bit per second. SATA 3G is double the speed/bandwidth
of the original SATA I (1.5Gb/s).
Fibre Channel VS. SATA 3G?
For editors that need to share the same content data
in the same storage pool, Fibre Channel is a good choice.
A Fibre Channel solution requires an expensive RAID
storage box, SAN management software such as Apple's
Xsan, a Fibre Channel switch, and Fibre Channel HBA.
The initial investment will be over $10,000. SATA 3G
is the alternative solution for editors and studios
that do no require sharing the same content in the same
storage pool but need high performance and data integrity.
What is FASTA?
FASTA is the series of CalDigit SATA 3G host cards
that utilize the PCI-e/PCI-x interface to offer huge
bandwidth for data throughput. It is dedicated to video
editors that require high performance and reliability.
The port multiplier design allows connectivity for
up to 5 drives per port/channel and up to 20 drives
per our FASTA host adapter (FASTA-4e, FASTA-4x). No
complicated cabling needed.