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First Look - Power Over eSATA cable pictured

SATA-IO improves eSATA by removing power cable
By: Cameron Wilmot | Storage News | Posted: May 13, 2009 10:41 am

We've just been sent a rather interesting picture from a Taiwanese motherboard maker.


After MSI announced its first motherboards with Power Over eSATA recently, we just had to get a look at one of the compatible cables to get a full grasp of the technology. And as it turns out, it seems like MSI isn't the only one to take on the new eSATA concept released by SATA-IO earlier this year.


The shot below is of a Power Over eSATA cable that bridges from a single eSATA port to a connector that includes the normal SATA power and data connectors. You'll end up seeing cables like this at the start and later "normal" single eSATA cables that transmit both data and power.


First Look - Power Over eSATA cable pictured


We suspect during Computex Taipei to be held early next month that we will see many motherboard makers showing off new boards with Power Over eSATA and we may even seen SATA products without power connectors, but they'll like stay on for backwards compatibility.


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