Plugable’s new USB 3.0 lay-flat external SATA hard drive docking station focuses on cutting-edge performance, compatibility, and design.
Featuring easy USB host and SATA drive compatibility, it comes with the latest ASMedia 1053 chipset, featuring capabilities including:
- Automatic, driverless compatibility with all computing devices which already support USB flash drives or USB hard drives. Full backward compatibility with USB 2.0.
- Supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Specification Revision 1.0 for maximum performance on supported operating systems like Windows 8. The OS, host controller, and device must all support UASP to switch over to this higher performance transfer mode.
- Supports USB Super-Speed, High-Speed and Full-Speed Operation, so the dock is backward compatible with any USB-capable computing device with USB Mass Storage support, for example the Raspberry Pi hobby board or Microsoft Surface or Toshiba Thrive Android tablet.
- Supports USB Mass Storage Class, Bulk-Only Transport Specification Revision 1.3
- Serial ATA bus up to 3/6Gbps Signal bandwidth for fast storage backups
- Support Spread Spectrum Control of USB3.0 and SATA interface to improve EMI performance, lowering USB 3.0 interference with other wireless devices such as mouse, keyboard, or Bluetooth
“The adoption of the SCSI Protocol in USB 3.0 provides its users with the advantage of having better data throughput than traditional BOT (Bulk-Only Transfer) protocol, all thanks to its streaming architecture as well as the improved queuing (NCQ support) and task management, which eliminated much of the round trip time between USB commands, so more commands can be sent simultaneously. Moreover, thanks to the multi-tasking aware architecture, the performance is further enhanced when multiple transfers occur.”
Works with all SATA drives, including 2.5″ and 3.5″, all SATA performance levels, and all sizes (currently tested up to 4TB).
Includes (and requires) its own 12V, 2.5A power supply, so it is fully self-powered and will work even with unpowered hubs and battery-powered hosts.
No drivers required for installation, the dock uses standard USB mass storage class support already provided in Windows XP and later, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and some variations of Android.
PLEASE NOTE: Compatibility of USB 3.0 hubs on the latest 2012/2013 Macs is still evolving, because of differences in Apple hardware and OS X USB stack. Applying the latest hub firmware and Apple updates are recommended. When in doubt, on the newest Macs we recommend connecting the dock directly to a port on the host machine.