HighPoint Technologies Inc. last week introduced a new PCI-X Serial ATA (SATA) controller with external ports, compatible with both Macs and PCs. The company has also introduced the X4, a multi-lane 4 bay external SATA enclosure. It costs US$449.
The X4 enclosure uses a multi-lane Infiniband connector, which can deliver up to 3 gigabits (Gb) per second transfer rate to each SATA drive. The single cable connects to the Mac using HighPoint’s new RocketRAID 2224 or a similar SATA controller card.
The X4 can support up to four SATA I or SATA II hard disk drive mechanisms. The X4 features hot swappable drive bays, key locks for each bay, hard drive LED indicators and enhanced EMI shielding in trays and the enclosure.