Pretec Shows Off First SSD with Power Over eSATA

Dual interface to hold you over.

Published Tue, Apr 7 2009 1:43 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:37 PM CST
Back in January 2008, the SATA-IO team announced that they were working on a Power Over eSATA initiative that would enable eSATA devices to be powered without the need for an external power source, similar to USB. Very little has been heard about it since the initial announcement.

Pretec Shows Off First SSD with Power Over eSATA
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Pretec has unveiled what is the first SSD to feature Power Over eSATA. Although current motherboard still don't support the standard, the new drive will work once the hardware can support it. Until then, the drive also features a USB port.

Pretec has dubbed this the Cobra eSATA/USB SSD and it will be available in both 32GB and 64GB sizes. While the drive is capable of 90MB/s read and 60MB/s write, its speed will be limited until it can be used via eSATA due to the current limits with USB 2.0. Pretec says that they are currently shipping the drive but haven't offered any information concerning the price of the SSD.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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