Addonics announced the launch of a new adapter that enables you to connect eSATA devices to USB 3.0 (or 2.0) ports. The device will be available in retail stores for $33.95.
The Addonics USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter is compatible with external hard drives, SSD, optical drives with eSATA interface, and SATA port multiplier storage. It is an ideal accessory for notebooks, desktops, servers or any computer system
Its compatibility with port multiplier means that any eSATA RAID storage, including Addonics RAID Tower / Rack with eSATA connection, can be instantly turned into a USB 3.0 external RAID storage system.
The eSATA port on this adapter is an eSATA USB Hybrid port (EUHP), a new port commonly found on new notebooks. This port works with both standard eSATA and Addonics universal hybrid eSATA cable (Universal eSATAp cable).
The Universal eSATAp cable enables low power 5V eSATA devices, such as 2.5" eSATA hard drives, Addonics Ruby / Ruby Cipher drive kit, eSATA / USB DigiDrive and the Micro SATA DigiDrive to be directly powered from the computer without the use of an external power adapter.
The Addonics USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter weighs less than 3 oz. and is the size of a cigarette lighter. It supports a maximum transfer rate of 5 Gbps for USB 3.0 super speed; 480 Mbps - USB 2.0 high speed, and 12 Mbps - USB 1.1. It is compatible with Windows Me, 2000, XP, 2000, 2003, Vista, 2007, Mac OS X and above, and Linux Kernel 2.6+, Solaris 10. No software driver is needed.
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Re: Addonics reveals eSATA to USB 3.0 adapter by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 30 2010 @ 13:08:57 CEST
Curious idea. Lower power than normal USB 3 because it's getting power from USB 2. And enumerating the device through ESATA could present some issues from time to time. But it is interesting nonetheless.
However I would have designed it with a flexible attachment to the ESATA/USB2 host port because this long of a hard device represents a nasty torque arm if it gets bumped while in use. That's why most laptop users don't like solid parts sticking out of Expresscard slots and so forth.
It is still an interesting idea to carry folks into the USB 3 age.