Friday, December 5th 2008

Silicon Power Releases eSATA/USB SSD Featuring 8x the Write Speed of the Normal USB

This is not a normal USB flash drive. Silicon Power has released the availability of its pioneering product: eSATA/USB SSD (eSATA; External Serial ATA), a high-capacity handy SSD in worldwide markets. The eSATA/USB SSD features eSATA and Mini USB dual interface, hot plug and play and four-channel high performance technology. The eSATA connection has a read speed of 92 MB/s and a write speed of 48MB/s, which is 8 times the write speed of the normal USB. The eSATA/USB SSD is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities that are ideal for those wanting high-speed data transfer, high-capacity and portability.

The eSATA connector provides external data transfer at speeds up to 3Gbps, which is higher than USB 2.0 interface with 480 Mbps. It is very convenient for large volume of data transfer at a short time. The bottom of the eSATA/USB SSD is a Mini USB connector offering a read speed of 33MB/s and a write speed of 25MB/s.

With the advent of eSATA technology, most of the desktops, servers and laptops manufacturers start to employ eSATA port as a standard interface. Nearly 60% of new laptops uses eSATA interface. There are two kinds of eSATA port (with power provided/ without power provided). Users need to confirm which kind of port is on your device. If your eSATA connector is with power, you can plug it directly without connecting any cable. If not, users connect Mini USB cable to eSATA/USB SSD first, and then connect USB to the device. Each Silicon Power eSATA/USB SSD package comes with a TTPE to Mini USB Cable and a user manual with detailed instruction. The eSATA/USB SSD is backed by a two-year warranty.

Features:
  • eSATA and Mini USB dual interface
  • Support Windows Vista ReadyBoost function
  • Support eSATA-2 3Gbps high speed
  • Four channel high performance tech
  • LED indicates the usage status (Power/Access LED)
  • True plug and play, no external power required
  • Compliant with RoHS requirement
Specifications:
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 79.2 x 29.8 x 10.95 mm (L/W/M)
  • Weight: 16g
  • Connection: eSATA, Mini USB type B
  • Support OS: Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Vista, and Linux
  • Support eSATA/USB Hot Plug and Play
  • Operating Temperature: 0℃~70℃
  • Storage Temperature: -20℃~85℃
  • Vibration: 20 G peak-to-peak max
  • Shock: 1500G Max
  • 2 year warranty
Source: Silicon Power
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14 Comments on Silicon Power Releases eSATA/USB SSD Featuring 8x the Write Speed of the Normal USB

#1
mdm-adph
That's actually a pretty cool device -- makes me wish I would've opted for the option eSATA with my board, now.
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by: btarunr


The eSATA connector provides external data transfer at speeds up to 3Gbps, which is higher than USB 2.0 interface with 480MB/s.
That should be 480Mbps (Mega Bits )
#3
Beertintedgoggles
So are they going to supply a power adapter for these since the whole power over eSATA initiative is only a few months old at this point (I didn't even know they had motherboards and devices that supported it already).

Edit: Nevermind.... I finally got around to finishing the entire article. Powering it with USB definately isn't as bad as having to plug it into an AC outlet (for those like me who don't have powered eSATA ports).
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mdm-adph
by: Beertintedgoggles
So are they going to supply a power adapter for these since the whole power over eSATA initiative is only a few months old at this point (I didn't even know they had motherboards and devices that supported it already).
Only a few months? You sure about that?
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#5
Beertintedgoggles
by: mdm-adph
Only a few months? You sure about that?
Yep... http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9850343-1.html
according to the article the power over eSATA was supposed to be completed second half 2008. Not entirely sure when it was implemented though. eSATA without power included in one cable has obviously been around for a few years as evidenced by my "current" NF4 board.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
identical to the OCZ one a few posts down.
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#7
Luke
This look the same as the OCZ one

but i still like the idea

I will have to add esata to my pc now
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#8
CyberDruid
Makes me want to setup a mini Raid Array off my Backplane.
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#9
Mussels
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by: CyberDruid
Makes me want to setup a mini Raid Array off my Backplane.
i was talking about that with tony and the OCZ model, and it will work perfectly.

the mini ITX crowd will be ecstatic, with a sata to E-sata cable, you could use this as a friggin tiny internal HDD.
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Wile E
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by: CyberDruid
Makes me want to setup a mini Raid Array off my Backplane.
I was thinking about that too. lol.
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#11
tigger
I'm the only one
my external sata hdd caddy,connects to my internal sata connectors when its plugged into the bay in my pc,and the speeds are about 60-70mb/s read and 40-50mb/s write.So this bad boy should be great.Its like a kinda mini ssd :) Usb speeds are too slow.
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#12
CyberDruid
I'm getting interested in ITX. The latest stuff from Zotac would be perfect. Making it all fit in an improbably small enclosure would be fun.
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Mussels
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by: CyberDruid
I'm getting interested in ITX. The latest stuff from Zotac would be perfect. Making it all fit in an improbably small enclosure would be fun.
get that zotac board, use one of these mini SSD's for an OS drive... forget the shoebox PC, you could fit it in the shoe!
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