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SpeedometerAdd Fast 6Gb/s eSATA AND SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports to Your Computer

Do you need to hook up external USB 3.0 or eSATA drives to your notebook or laptop computer equipped with an ExpressCard slot? If you are looking for superior performance and flexible choice of connections, add the Tempo™ Duo ExpressCard/34 adapter to your setup. This Sonnet card supports significantly faster file transfers than your computer’s USB 2.0 and FireWire® interfaces. The Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34 is a cost-effective and simple solution for adding two 6Gb/s eSATA and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to your computer so you can get the best performance from the latest external storage systems.

eSATA for Extra Speed

The Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34 adapter’s fast 6Gb/s eSATA ports are well suited to handle the increased bandwidth requirements of 6Gb/s SSDs. Plugged into your computer’s ExpressCard slot, this card’s two eSATA ports are capable of transferring files at up to 200 MB/s. This card also supports older multi-drive enclosures with port multipliers, enabling you to access up to five drives per eSATA cable.

SpeedometerUSB 3.0 for Fast Performance and Common Connectivity

Most drives offered today include USB 3.0 interfaces. Though they can connect to USB 2.0 ports on your computer, their performance would be reduced by as much as 85 percent! The Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34 adapter’s two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports offer native USB 3.0 support. Plugged into your computer’s ExpressCard slot, this card’s USB 3.0 ports are capable of transferring files at up to 200 MB/s. This card does not support bus-powered drives.

Key Features

Adds eSATA and USB 3.0 Connectivity to Your System—Cost-effective solution for adding two 6Gb/s eSATA ports plus two USB 3.0 ports to your MacBook Pro or PC notebook computer with an ExpressCard slot

Fast Data Transfers—eSATA and USB ports support data transfers at up to 200 MB/sec

Supports Multi-Drive Enclosures—eSATA ports support drive enclosures with port multipliers; eSATA and USB ports support drive enclosures with hardware RAID controllers

Wide USB 3.0 Support & Compatibility—USB 3.0 ports support storage, hubs, and other USB 3.0 devices; compatible with USB 2.0 devices

Optimized for Thunderbolt—Provides maximum performance over Thunderbolt through Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter



Do you need to connect a multi-drive storage system? The Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34 supports storage systems with built-in hardware RAID controllers like Sonnet’s Fusion™ QR and Fusion F3, enabling you to take advantage of functions like creating large protected volumes or accessing up to four drives in a single enclosure. This card also supports OS X®, Windows® 8, and Windows 7 RAID features, and it supports drive hot-swapping under OS X. In addition to drives, the Tempo Duo’s USB 3.0 ports support hubs and other USB 3.0 devices. The card’s eSATA ports support booting from attached drives under Windows 8 and 7, and are perfect for connecting media readers with an eSATA interface, such as the RED STATION REDMAG 1.8" and 2.5"; you can connect optical drives, too. AHCI and xHCI compliance ensures installation of the card is simple—just plug it in to the ExpressCard slot—the necessary drivers are installed automatically.

SpeedometerOptimized for Maximum Performance Over Thunderbolt

Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no ExpressCard slot? This card is ideal for use in Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard Pro Thunderbolt Adapter—the combo enables you to add two fast eSATA ports and two more SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to iMac®, Mac® mini, new Mac Pro®, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers with Thunderbolt ports. Connected this way, the SATA or USB 3.0 transfer rate can be up to 400MB/sec.

Part No.  
TSATA6USB3-E34 Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34
Warranty 2-year
Bus Interface

ExpressCard/34 PCI Express 2.0

External Connectors
  • Two eSATA
  • Two USB 3.0
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Tempo Duo ExpressCard/34 6Gb/s eSATA/SuperSpeed USB 3.0 adapter for ExpressCard slot
  • USB 2.0 power cable
  • Documentation
eSATA Support
Drives Supported
(eSATA Ports)
10 (5 per port)
Drive Types Supported SATA 6 Gb/s, SATA 3 Gb/s, and SATA 1.5 Gb/s
AHCI Support
System OS X Windows
10, 8, 7
Boot Support (1)  
Port Multiplier Aware
Hot Plug Card (2)
Hot Plug Drive    
Advanced Features
  • Supports booting from attached drives under Windows 10, 8, 7
  • Supports drive hot-swapping under OS X
  • Supports ATAPI (CD/DVD/Blu-ray) drives
  • Supports port multipliers
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting
  • Supports Spread Spectrum Clocking for compatibility with all SATA drives and lower EMI emissions
Data Transfer Rate
  • Computer ExpressCard Slot – Up to 200 MB/s
  • Thunderbolt ExpressCard Adapter – Up to 400 MB/s
USB 3.0 Support
Drives Supported Two wall-powered drives or thumb drives(1)
Data Transfer Rate
  • Computer ExpressCard Slot – Up to 200 MB/s)
  • Thunderbolt ExpressCard Adapter - Up to 400 MB/s
Standard USB Specification v. 3.0/2.0 compatible. Complies with xHCI (Extensible Host Controller Interface)
Peripherals Supported Supports industry standard USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 peripherals
Peripherals Power Available Provided from computer’s USB 2.0 port
Cables Supported
  • USB 3.0 with Standard-A male connector
  • USB 2.0 with Standard-A male connector(3)
Chipset Fresco Logic
Number of Devices Supported Up to 31
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection


Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Operation Requirement

Requires power connection to a USB 2.0 port for operation

Mac Compatibility

MacBook® Pro (with an ExpressCard slot)

OS X® 10.8.5+

macOS Mojave compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC notebook (with an ExpressCard slot)

Windows 10, 8, 7

Thunderbolt Compatibility

Mac or PC via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System

Technical Notes

  1. OS X boot support requires MacBook Pro (early 2011).
  2. Card not hot-pluggable in MacBook Pro (early 2011) ExpressCard slot (i.e. must boot with card installed).
  3. USB 3.0 devices require USB 3.0 cables to support USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) transfer speeds (up to 5 Gb/s). Use of USB 2.0 cables between USB 3.0 devices and Tango 3.0 PCIe is supported, but data transfers are limited to USB 2.0 speeds (up to 480 Mb/s).

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