Until the last few years, the only way to expand the storage capabilities of the Macintosh was to use expensive SCSI controllers, hard drives and peripherals, or utilize the motherboard's fixed IDE controller. This was until FirmTek developed the world's first ATA/EIDE host adapter solution for the Macintosh.
The UltraTek™/33 was introduced to an eager market in 1999, and garnered several accolades including MacWorld Editor's Choice for "Best Storage Hardware." With UltraTek/33 began FirmTek's tradition of enabling Macintosh users to expand beyond the motherboard's fixed IDE controller and utilize the latest ATA/EIDE drives and peripherals along with the latest ATA high-speed interface technologies.
Generations of UltraTek technology have been made available since the UltraTek/33, including the UltraTek/66, UltraTek/100, and UltraTek/133. This has enabled Macintosh users to inexpensively keep their systems up-to-date by housing many gigabytes of data in a single workstation or desktop, effectively extending the usefulness of their machines. UltraTek technology has benefited thousands of home users and professionals, who use it to store/edit digital photos and videos, work with desktop publishing, develop ingenious multimedia solutions, and rip/burn their creations onto CDs and DVDs. FirmTek is the only company providing native ATA/EIDE PCI interface support for OS X.
FirmTek was founded by former Apple and Quantum engineers with many years of experience in the storage industry. They have been entrusted to develop advanced OEM storage solutions since FirmTek's inception, making available technologies such as UltraTek.
Following in the tradition of creating Innovative Storage Solutions and delivering the most compatible and reliable solutions on the market, FirmTek is proud to announce the SeriTek™ line of Serial ATA (SATA™) interface and external storage solutions.
Not all of FirmTek's solutions are sold direct to end-users. FirmTek's UltraTek-based UltraATA133/100/66/33 solutions are offered to users through partnerships with several organizations who distribute the products. More information can be found by looking for products which contain UltraTek technology.