Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.
When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can purportedly deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it’s backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage.
The converter comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket.
The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s a model with a Write-Protect function for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to this bridge appear as Read-Only media, similar to a CD or DVD disc. All features are identical as the standard version except the Write function is disabled to protect against virus contamination or data tampering.
The suggested retail for the SATA to USB 3.1 Converter is US$26.99. The product is operating system independent, so no driver required