Port Multiplier connects multiple drives to one controller.

Press Release Summary:

Providing 3 Gbps throughput for various applications, 5x1 eSATA Port Multiplier (PM) allows multiple drives to be connected to SATA controller via one eSATA port. It fits inside Addonics Storage Tower and any SCSI enclosure with 2 or more bays and 50-pin Centronic SCSI connector on backplane. Each of 5 drives can be set up as individual drives, RAID, or JBOD (just a bunch of disks), and all devices connected to OS-independent PM are hot swappable.

Original Press Release:

Addonics Port Multiplier Connects Multiple SATA Drives to a Single Controller

SAN JOSE, CA (November 29, 2005) - Addonics Technologies www.addonics.com today announced its 5x1 eSATA Port Multiplier (PM), which allows multiple drives to be connected to a SATA controller via one eSATA port for expanded storage and high speed 3GB/sec. throughput for a wide range of applications.

The Addonics port multiplier fits perfectly inside the Addonics Storage Tower, which Addonics announced in October. The Storage Tower is a compact aluminum drive enclosure solution that allows users to mix and match multiple drive interfaces as well as hard drive or optical storage devices. The Addonics 5x1 eSATA Port Multiplier is also designed to fit any standard SCSI enclosure that has 2 bays or larger, and has a 50-pin Centronic SCSI connector on the back plane.

The Port Multiplier can combine up to 5 SATA hard drives or optical drives into one eSATA connection to make it easier to build disk enclosures using SATA drives. The 5 drives can be set up as individual drives, as RAID, or as JBOD (just a bunch of disks) to become one large hard drive depending on the controller used. When multiple PMs are combined with the Addonics 4-Port eSATA controllers, users can attach externally as many as 20 SATA hard drives to their computer via 1 controller.

The solution is well suited for a variety of storage applications, including home and consumer electronics storage (digital content and high-definition video), JBOD or RAID storage arrays, and server and workstation storage.

All devices connected to the Addonics Port Multiplier will be hot swappable. The solution is also operating system independent.

Addonics offers several controllers that support the PM standard. Addonics advises users to use one of its PM-supported controllers or verify that another manufacturer's host controller supports the Port Multiplier. List price of the Addonics 5x1 eSATA Port Multiplier is $89.

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.

Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external and mobile storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 2466 Kruse Drive, San Jose, CA 95131, Phone: 408-433-3899. Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com

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