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Addonics Announces Serial ATA Storage Product Family
Posted Apr 4, 2003 Print Version     Page 1of 1

Addonics Technologies recently became one of the first storage developers to announce a complete family of high-speed Serial ATA storage solutions, which includes a line of ATA host controllers, IDE/ATAPI conversion boards, external hard drive kits and RAID solutions to support Serial ATA's 150-MB/sec transfer rate.

The initial rollout features seven different Serial ATA solutions, and includes an external Serial ATA storage solution. The new Addonics Serial ATA product line includes:

-- IDE to Serial ATA Converter (ADIDESA) - $35 MSRP
-- Serial ATA PCI Host Controller (2 ports) (ADSA2) - $39 MSRP
-- External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit (AKBSA) - $59 MSRP
-- Combo External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit (AKCOMSA) - $89 MSRP
-- Serial ATA Combo Hard Drive (AEMED35SA) - $115 MSRP
-- Serial ATA Removable Combo Hard Drive (AERHD35SA) - $105 MSRP
-- Combo RAID System (AERAID35SA) - $169 MSRP

With limited models of Serial ATA hard drives available, Addonics offers converters and cable solutions to enable standard IDE hard drives and ATAPI devices to be used as internal Serial ATA or External Serial ATA storage device. Addonics External Serial ATA storage solutions provide users with external storage devices without compromising performance in the data bus. Addonics has even added BUS power to its cable design so that low power storage devices can be powered directly from the External Serial ATA port. Customers who already have Addonics external data storage equipment can transition to Serial ATA with a minimal investment.

Serial ATA also improves the system airflow by utilizing a new thin cabling system to simplify the connection between the host controller and the data storage devices. Serial ATA devices can also be hot-swapped without shutting down or restarting the system and no software changes are required. The new interface also makes it more cost-effective to integrate RAID and multidrive systems into present storage applications.

Addonics has several external solutions for easily upgrading to Serial ATA. The External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit adds an external Serial ATA port via a system's PCI slot or the standard DB9 connector hole available on back of many computer chassis. The Addonics Combo External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit has the same features, but includes the Serial ATA PCI Host Controller for users who do not have a Serial ATA port in their system.

With either kit, customers can use any Addonics storage devices in the company's Pocket and Mobile series, which includes the Addonics Pocket DVD, CDRW, DVD/CDRW, DVD-R/RW, CD-ROM, Mobile DVD/CDRW, Mobile CDRW, Pocket ExDrive, Combo Hard Drive, CD DigiCopier, or DVD DigiCopier. In addition, the booting support in Serial ATA also enables systems to boot from the Addonics external storage devices.

For a hard drive solution, the Addonics Serial ATA Combo Hard Drive, and the Serial ATA Removable Combo Hard Drive Kit are the most flexible hard drive kits on the market. With these kits, any standard 3.5" IDE hard drive can become an external Serial ATA hard drive, a removable hard drive, or become part of a high performance RAID system. There are no special tools required to install a hard drive into either kit.


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