Addonics Announces Hardware Port Multiplier –
Lets You Connect Up To Five SATA Drives To Any SATA Port
SAN JOSE, CA (September 14, 2009) -- Addonics
) today announced a
feature-rich hardware port multiplier, the 5-port HPM XA, which provides easy
connections of up to five SATA drives to any SATA port.
The new port multiplier will be particularly beneficial to those wanting to
attach numerous hard drives to a desktop or server as an individual drive or as
a RAID volume with redundancy.
The HPM can also be used to connect five SATA
optical drives, such as
DVD-RRW or Blu-ray drives for simultaneous data copying. Configuration can be
set via a set of onboard jumpers or the bundled software utility under Windows
The HPM XA comes in a system or an enclosure version. The system version
enables multiple hard drives inside a system to be connected together to form a
RAID volume or to be used as individual drives. The enclosure version fits
perfectly into the Addonics family of storage tower and storage rack products,
and many standard multi-bay enclosures with standard SCSI-1 connector cut out.
The five hard drives inside the drive enclosure, once configured, can be
attached to any computer via high speed eSATA connection or USB 2.0 by
attaching the optional Addonics eSATA-USB adapter.
Drive and the HPM status can be visually monitored by attaching LEDs to the
onboard LED signal pin headers or via the bundled monitoring software. Any
drive failure or RAID error can be notified via audible alert from the on board
buzzer and emailed to an SMTP account.
Product features include an integrated hardware RAID controller to maximize
performance; RAID configuration using onboard jumpers for simple deployment;
RAID configuration and RAID management software; the ability to daisy chain
multiple units; system mounts; hot swap support; drive activity and error LED
for host and five SATA devices, and support for popular Windows, Macintosh and
Linux operating systems.
List price is $99 for the system version or the enclosure version. http://www.addonics.com/products/host_controller/AD5HPMSXA.asp
Addonics products are available through the company online store www.shopaddonics.com
, major catalog
companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including Amazon.com, PC
Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Provantage.com, Insight, and Ingram Micro.