by Charles Jefferies

Addonics 5-Port Multiplier Connects via eSATA, USB 3.0

Addonics Technologies has introduced its HPM-XU hardware port multiplier which can connect up to five SATA devices including hard drives to eSATA or USB 3.0. The device features hardware RAID support including RAID 5. The RAID configuration can be set using dip switches or the included software utility.

The device works in such a way that when five hard drives are connected, they appear as five separate drives. 

Operating system support includes all current versions of Windows and Mac OS X 10.4.x plus Linux kernel 2.4. The HPM-XU is available standalone for $99 or as part of the company's RAID Tower Mini for $245. The RAID Tower Mini features a compact design, two fans, a 180W power supply, and supports up to four hard drives.

Port Multiplier Product Page

RAID Tower Mini Product Page

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