Thursday, May 10th 2012

Kuroutoshikou Intros New 7-port USB 3.0 Add-on Card, SATA Bracket

Japanese retailer listed two new unique USB 3.0 products, the USB3.0F-P7-PCIe and KRHK-SATA3U3. The USB3.0F-P7-PCIe is a 7-port (yes, 7-port) USB 3.0 add-on card. Essentially, it is a low profile PCI-Express 2.0 x1 add-on card that has one FrescoLogic 4-port USB 3.0 host controller, one of its ports is is wired to a VLI VL810 USB 3.0 hub controller, which increases the number of ports to six, while its others vacant port is wired out.

The card has a total of 7 downstream USB 3.0 ports, 5 on the rear panel, and 2 via a standard front-panel header (angled). The card draws auxiliary power from a SATA power connector. It includes a low-profile bracket. While the card many not be able to push 5 GT/s from all the ports simultaneously, it provides a novel solution to connect several USB 3.0 devices at the same time, without needing a messy external desktop hub.
Apart from the 7-port USB 3.0 card, the retailer also listed KRHK-SATA3U3, a bare PCB that takes in a USB 3.0 and SATA power connection, and gives out one SATA 6 Gb/s data+power port. The USB3.0F-P7-PCIe is slated for late-May, and is priced at 3,500 JPY (US $44), while the KRHK-SATA3U3 is slated for mid-May, and goes for 2,000 JPY (US $25).Source: Hermitage Akihabara
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3 Comments on Kuroutoshikou Intros New 7-port USB 3.0 Add-on Card, SATA Bracket

With the ports in vertical position I had problems with some cases, where the PCI/PCIe space aren't wide enough to let even pendrives to connect there. I would prefer them in horizontal way. Like most USB add-on cards.
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