Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Monday, June 5st, 2000—The Hot Rod 100 Pro--Ultra DMA IDE/RAID Controller Card is the latest in ABIT’s series of Hot Rod IDE controllers, and gives your system two extra channels of Ultra DMA (ATA) 100. Employing the HPT370 Ultra DMA IDE Controller Chip from High Point, it uses the local PCI bus. To these features, similar to those seen on previous Hot Rod cards, ABIT has added one more feature, ever more important for today’s mass storage needs: RAID.
The Hot Rod 100 Pro gives your system support for a data transfer rate of Ultra DMA 100 MB/second, and is backward compatible to UDMA/66 and 33. The card provides two independent ATA channels at 256 Byte FIFO per ATA channel with concurrent PIO and bus master access and compliant with Plug & Play with up to 4 IDE devices supported.
The Hot Rod 100 Pro card can be used with any mainboard with a free PCI slot. Ultra ATA/100 hard drives are 100 percent compatible with existing ATA (IDE) hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and host systems and the Ultra ATA/100 protocol and commands are designed to be compatible with existing ATA (IDE) devices and systems. And with ABIT’s Hot Rod 100 Pro, you get automatic recognition and compatibility for any combination of UDMA/66, UDMA/33, EIDE, or ATAPI devices. The result is maximum disc performance using the current PCI local bus environment.
The “Pro” in the name designates RAID, a completely new functionality in PCI IDE controllers. With this feature, not only do you drives run faster; they also run more safely. RAID makes a simultaneous backup copy of your hard drive. Of the different RAID modes available, the Hot Rod 100 Pro provides RAID “0,” “1,” and “0+1.” RAID 0 (“striping”) allows your data to be distributed to and accessed from two separate hard drives. RAID 1 (“mirroring”) causes two hard drives to duplicate each other identically. RAID 0+1 (“striping and mirroring”) gives you the most security of all: two sets of striped drives mirror one another.
Voor pics van Abit's nieuwe BX plank met onboard ATA-100 kun je trouwens hier terecht, (thanks downtime).