Addonics Releases Five-Slot Compact Flash RAID Drives

Posted by at 1:16 pm on February 8, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAddonics Technologies has released two storage solutions using compact flash in five slot drive configurations with the Sapphire five-slot CFast and Sapphire five-slot CF drives. The drives use CFast and compact flash cards respectively to create RAID arrays for SSD storage solutions for systems using USB 2.0/3.0 and eSATA interfaces.

Each of the Sapphire five-slot drives looks like a standard removable media reader, giving the user to ability to remove cards freely without the use of tools or having to open up a computer case. Each of the Sapphire five-slot drives is houses five cards in independent slots, with an LED next to each card slot to show drive activity. The devices are plug and play, with an internal port multiplier like the HPM-XU in the USB versions and are able to be used with any operating system. Power consumption for the Sapphire models comes in at around 1 watt.

Between the CFast and compact flash models, each has a USB and eSATA model and only eSATA models, differing in their abilities and the way the system them are used with recognizes them. The USB and eSATA combo models will still be seen as independent cards (or drives) by the OS which can then be paired together in a RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD, or Clone mode connected to the computer for a maximum throughput of 3GB/s.

The eSATA models will see the five separate cards linked together with throughput reaching 6GB/s depending on the compact flash cards used. The drives, still seen as independent cards, can then be formed into the same RAID modes as the USB and eSATA models. However, the eSATA model must be connected to a compatible port multiplier controller.

The Sapphire 5-Slot drives are available now from Addonics for $279.00 for USB and eSATA models or $249.00 for the strictly eSATA versions.


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