Addonics offers 5x1 eSATA port multiplier

Addonics on Tuesday introduced its 5x1 eSATA Hardware Port Multiplier (HPM). The device enables up to five drives to be connected to any computer regardless of operating system using a single external Serial ATA (eSATA) interface. It costs $119 and is designed to be integrated into Addonics’ external eSATA drive enclosures.

eSATA is gaining traction as an external data storage peripheral interface — it works faster than FireWire 800 does, and is available to Power Mac, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro users who outfit their Macs with third-party expansion cards.

The 5x1 eSATA HPM is compatible with an SATA controller card and works with RAID and non-RAID storage systems alike. It fits into Addonics’ line of Storage Tower peripherals and also works with many standard two-bay or larger SCSI enclosures. Featuring five SATA connectors, it can be used to configure a new RAID system supporting RAID Levels 0, 1 or 10, or as a JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks).

All devices remain hot-swappable, and the HPM itself works with Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris.

Addonics offers an optional $29.95 USB 2.0 to eSATA adapter cable that enables the device to communicate with a computer using a standard USB 2.0 interface instead.

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