Sonnet Tempo Bridge: Parallel ATA for the G5

I can’t wait for this.

Sonnet, a big name in Macintosh accessories and upgrades, announced on Thursday the Tempo Bridge, a SATA to Parallel ATA adapter. Essentially, the little board plugs into the back of most 3.5″ hard drives, allowing G5 user’s to take advantage of the often cheaper parallel drives. Just slide the drive into the second slot, plug in the SATA and power cables and you’re done.

I recently just picked up a Seagate ATA 200GB for $69 after rebate and came across (but didn’t buy) their smaller 160GB drive for $49 after rebate. Granted, the $50 price tag for the adapter effectively puts even a rebated drive into the same price category as a comparable sized SATA drive, but when you have some big ATA drives lying around unused as I do, it seems worth it.

It’s due to ship on October 25th. Give it a few months and I’ll bet you can pick one up on eBay for half the price.

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