Tuesday, February 28th 2012

RATOC Systems Intros USB 3.0 RAID Box

Japanese company RATOC Systems introduced a trio of products that lets users expand their data storage once they run out of drive bays and ports in their case. The first one is the RS-EC32PE-U3R, a bundle consisting of a 2-bay USB 3.0 to SATA 3 Gb/s RAID enclosure and a PCIe USB 3.0 addon card; the RS-EC32EX-U3R, which is a bundle including the same 2-bay RAID enclosure, but including a 2-port USB 3.0 expansion card in the ExpressCard34 form-factor; and REX-PEU3X, which is a standalone 2-port USB 3.0 expansion card in the PCIe form-factor.

The expansion cards in these bundles are based on new Renesas μPD720202 chipset. The RAID enclosure has two 3.5-inch SATA drive bays. Its controller provides a maximum data transfer performance of 372 MB/s. It supports disk organization modes of "single" (just a single disk connected), RAID JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1. Expected to launch mid-March, the RATOC RS-EC32PE-U3R and RS-EC32EX-U3R are priced at 11,130 JPY (US $138), the REX-PEU3X goes for 3,360 JPY (US $41.7).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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3 Comments on RATOC Systems Intros USB 3.0 RAID Box

#1
TheLostSwede
Shame you can't buy this RAID enclosure outside of Japan. It's the used by several of the host controller makers to demo their performance with. Stick a couple of fast SSDs in this puppy and you close to max out the USB 3.0 bandwidth available.
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AthlonX2
HyperVtX™
According the the article 1 modern ssd would max out the controller in this unit. But the 372 MB/s could be sufficient for its purpose of RAID HDD
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[H]@RD5TUFF
Would be nice if they would bother with shipping outside of Japan, like say to the US.
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