by Charles Jefferies

Addonics CFast Drive Uses 6 CF Cards to Create RAID Arrays


Addonics has announced its new CF/CFast Drive, which is a 5.25" bay device that supports up to six CompactFlash (CF) cards. The six cards can be independent drives or act together in a RAID array. Each slot has its own SATA connector.

The device has several different possible configurations. In one mode, all six of the CF slots can connect to the SATA controller independently and show up as separate drives in the operating system.

In the RAID drive mode, all six externally accessible media slots are connected to a hardware port multiplier; this allows all six media ports to connect to the system using just two SATA ports.

Below is a list of key features of the device:

  • Install up to six CF or CFast cards in one 5 1/4" drive bay
  • Choice of models with CF card slot or CFast card slot slot
  • Choice of models with six independent slots or models with built-in Hardware Port Multiplier (model: AD5SAHPMSXA)
  • Model with port multiplier supports the following RAID configurations with the five externally accessible media: RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, JBOD, Clone Mode (N-Way Mirror) or individual drive
  • Support SATA I, II and III transfer speed (SATA I, SATA II when connected through PM/HPM)
  • Supports PIO, DMA and UDMA
  • Maximum transfer rate depends on the flash media
  • Supports hot swap when connects to hot swap SATA controller
  • LED to indicate media access
  • Low power consumption
  • Complete Plug and Play, no software driver required

Models and Pricing

A total of four different models are available now:

  • AE6CF: Content: 6-Slot CF Drive, data and power cables: $135
  • AE6CFHI: Content: CF RAID +1 Independent Internal CF Slot Drive with Hardware Port Multiplier (AD5HPMSXA), data and power cables: $199
  • AE6CAS: Content: 6-slot CFast Drive with 6 data and 1 power connections: $135
  • AE6CAHI: Content: CFast RAID +1 Independent Internal CFast Slot Drive with Hardware Port Multiplier (AD5HPMSXA) and comes with 2 data and 1 power connections: $199

All models come with a one-year limited warranty.

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