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

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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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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Would be nice if they would bother with shipping outside of Japan, like say to the US.
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