Thursday, August 11, 2011

Icy News: Addonics 5-Port Multiplier Connects via eSATA, USB 3.0

"Addonics Technologies has introduced its HPM-XU hardware port multiplier which can connect up to five SATA devices including hard drives to eSATA or USB 3.0. The device features hardware RAID support including RAID 5. The RAID configuration can be set using dip switches or the included software utility.
The device works in such a way that when five hard drives are connected, they appear as five separate drives. 
Operating system support includes all current versions of Windows and Mac OS X 10.4.x plus Linux kernel 2.4. The HPM-XU is available standalone for $99 or as part of the company's RAID Tower Mini for $245. The RAID Tower Mini features a compact design, two fans, a 180W power supply, and supports up to four hard drives." - via Storage Review
Given this new hardware with both eSATA and USB 3.0, Addonics makes a great refresh to USB 3.0 while keeping eSATA with RAID support. Would you upgrade your current system to add this piece of hardware or wait? Let us know what your thoughts are!

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