Thursday, December 4th 2008

OCZ Technology Introduces the Throttle eSATA Drive

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Throttle eSATA drive, which offers performance and versatility for enthusiasts that demand the best hardware. The integration of eSATA connectivity now extends beyond desktop systems to laptops, offering increased data transfer rates with extreme portability while eliminating extra cords and power cables.

“We are excited to introduce the Throttle eSATA drive, which delivers many of the key benefits of external SATA including faster transfer rates and a cost effective expansion storage for high performance computing,” said Eugene Chang, Director of Product Management for the OCZ Technology Group. “The Throttle is available in high densities and offers exceptional peak interface speeds for high performance notebooks, desktops, consumer electronics and entry level servers. In the case where an eSATA port is not available, the Throttle has the ability to connect via USB as well for ultimate flexibility.”

A sophisticated alternative to conventional USB drives, the OCZ Throttle’s primary eSATA interface offers an incredible 90MB/second read speeds and 30MB/sec write speeds, increasing productivity to new heights. The substantial 8GB ~ 32GB capacities offer plenty of storage for your diverse multimedia files including high-resolution photos, high-definition movies, or large quantities of music. Additionally, users can access their data via an auxiliary mini USB port for ultimate flexibility.

Travelers, enthusiasts, and business professionals will benefit from the greater overall user experience that this new high-capacity, high speed Throttle has to offer. With true plug-and-play capability, instantaneously access your data from any computer without the need to install any additional hardware or drivers. Backed by a 2-year warranty, the Throttle eSATA drive will perform with OCZ’s ultimate commitment to quality.Source: OCZ
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24 Comments on OCZ Technology Introduces the Throttle eSATA Drive

#1
tkpenalty
Solid state ESATA keys like USB keys? Awesome!
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#2
jbunch07
This should have taken off long time ago...I would like to see more of this.
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#3
mlee49
Nice, now give me a 32GB stick for under $75!
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#4
ktr
90mb/s read and 30mb/s write for a thumb drive is very impressive.
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#5
jbunch07
Wonder if USB 3.0 will interfere with this getting popular.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
*drools*

ok, i am SO getting one of these (since i have E-sata on all my systems, and the USB for hte outdated losers...)
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#7
Wile E
Power User
I love this idea. hopefully it's not too expensive.

I also wish we would've seen firewire sticks.
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Wile E
I love this idea. hopefully it's not too expensive.

I also wish we would've seen firewire sticks.
firewire sticks did exist. the problem was that fewer and fewer PC's had firewire, so it was a very niche market - and expensive with the royalties that had to be paid.

OTOH, E-sata is an open standard, therefore cheaper to produce.


The force tells me that this is in fact, one of the core SSD drives with the stutter bug, condensed down. perfect use of 'old' stock. as no one cares about random writes to external storage.
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#9
ShadowFold
This works on 1394 right? I have a P5Q Pro, I cant find out if it has eSATA..
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
by: ShadowFold
This works on 1394 right? I have a P5Q Pro, I cant find out if it has eSATA..
1394 is firewire. that is not what this device uses.
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#11
wiak
eSATA and SATA is basicly the same thing, so when SATA 3.0 6,0GBps comes out you will be upgraded to eSATA 6,0Gbps ;P on boards with a SATA 3.0 Controller

eSATA is a little diffrent reinforced sata connector

you can buy eSATA to SATA cables and adapters atm like this

eSATA cable to a SATA harddrive

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9288~r.47908780

SATA cable to eSATA bracket (this is nice for this eSATA stick, i hope OCZ will include one! for pc without a eSATA port)

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9282~r.47908780

1394 is firewire and its now outdated and obosulte
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
to extend on what wiak has said:

Sata and E-sata are compatible ,but they are not 100% the same.

For example, even when using a sata to E-sata cable, port multiplier support is rarely there, therefore my 5 HDD cage wont work. Single drives always do. E-sata can work at 150MB/s or 300MB/s - there is effectively E-sata and E-sata II just like with SATA/II.
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#13
qwerty_lesh
Yeah as mentioned, this should have been out quite a while ago, we've been seeing premium cases with front eSata for ages but no flash keys for it.. Could it have to do with power delivery over eSata I allways had the impression that there was a lack of power pins or somthing in the design standard, I recall it being discussed in these forums on some other news articles, im so glad OCZ are releasing this, although these will probably be expensive (IMO) I would jump at the chance to buy one as they superseed all my current OCZ flash keys. :toast:
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: qwerty_lesh
Yeah as mentioned, this should have been out quite a while ago, we've been seeing premium cases with front eSata for ages but no flash keys for it.. Could it have to do with power delivery over eSata I allways had the impression that there was a lack of power pins or somthing in the design standard, I recall it being discussed in these forums on some other news articles, im so glad OCZ are releasing this, although these will probably be expensive (IMO) I would jump at the chance to buy one as they superseed all my current OCZ flash keys. :toast:
hmmm actually thats a good point. E-sata does not deliver power, i wonder how the hell this drive gets its juice. i'll ask someone from OCZ next time i see them in MSN.
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#15
npp
As far as I know, e-SATA doesn't provide any power for the devices right off the port - unlike USB or FireWire. So any ideas where this new wonder gets its power from?
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
by: npp
As far as I know, e-SATA doesn't provide any power for the devices right off the port - unlike USB or FireWire. So any ideas where this new wonder gets its power from?
i just talked to tony. so far, we've decided that its magic.

USB is 5V 500ma, E-sata is 0.5V for signalling, and nothing for power.

Unless the device is powered by the mini USB port, i just cant see how it operates.
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#17
DanishDevil
This could be a very early edition of the upcoming Powered eSATA...

That would be ideal, but this is from the OCZTech page:
Additional mini USB 2.0 port

So it may just allow us to plug it into both and get SATA speeds?
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#18
npp
It would be very interesting to have a drive that supports some kind of powered e-SATA and no port to plug it in so far :) I guess it will need external power from the mentioned usb port, as simple as that (just as external hdd boxes supporting e-SATA do).
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#19
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
just put wifi N on one please:)

Or a wifi sdd drive with a rechargeable battery to to run the wifi:)
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#20
DanishDevil
They are developing powered eSATA so you can have eSATA speeds along with the power in one cord (power would work like USB flash and hard drives do, but of course, it would have to have power built into the cable).
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#21
imperialreign
by: wiak
1394 is firewire and its now outdated and obosulte
I beg to differ - in terms of external drives, Firewire 400 is faster than USB 2.0 for both read/write operations, Firewire 800 is faster than standard SATA-1. There is already plans for a new Firewire spec that should match or best USB 3.0 . . .


it's never been outdated, nor obsolete - 1394 just never caught on because most external devices connected to a system don't require the high bandwidth that 1394 is capable of Once external HDDs started taking off in the market, USB already had a firm foothold and market accesibility had already been established - even though 1394 is much better suited for external storage device connections . . . even thumb drives.


We won't see Firewire go away anytime soon, and TBH, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a major market shift back to firewire within the next 2-3 years . . . our external devices are requiring more and more bandwidth, and if USB 3.0 fails to deliver like promised . . .
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
firewire went wrong for two reasons.

1. its costly. (licensing fees)
2. Standards arent compatible. high end devices use firewire 800, while most motherboards have firewire 400. It annoys users compared to the "but everyone has USB" argument.
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#23
Wile E
Power User
by: Mussels
firewire went wrong for two reasons.

1. its costly. (licensing fees)
2. Standards arent compatible. high end devices use firewire 800, while most motherboards have firewire 400. It annoys users compared to the "but everyone has USB" argument.
800 is backward compatible with 400 via an adapter. Which is really the same as USB if you think about it. How many different types of USB connections are there on the device end?

But yeah, Firewire shames USB in performance. it can also be used to network computers together, without the need for any special drivers, unlike USB.

As for the power issue of this eSATA device, perhaps it has a hearing aid type battery in it?
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#24
DanishDevil
The battery would be really weird. ZOMG. They should make it chargable via USB!!!

Wait...that's not that amazing of an idea. I need to shush.
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