Other World Computing (OWC) has introduced UltraTek/66, a new software upgrade the company says brings Mac OS X compatibility to the UltraTek/66 PCI card, which, until now, has only worked on Macs running Mac OS 9.2.2 and lower.
“There are thousands of ‘orphaned’ VST PCI ATA/66 card owners that want to install OS X on their machines, but cannot because their cards are not compatible with Apple’s latest operating system,” said Larry O’Connor, founder and president of OWC, in announcing the solution. “We have partnered with FirmTek (http://www.firmtek.com), a firmware research and development company, to help alleviate this problem.”
Included as part of the UltraTek/66 firmware upgrade is the AV-Tek Audio/Video utility which lets owners of pre-G3 Macs adjust their storage transfer rates on the fly for smooth running audio and video applications, he said.
shareware tool can be downloaded free. However, if you pay the US$10 shareware fee, you’ll be registered to receive any future updates and support from OWC. What’s more, the company says the success of this shareware program will also determine whether OWC pursues similar programs for other hardware products “orphaned” by Mac OS X.