mSATA adapter Interesting mSATA adapter launches in Japan

Want to use an mSATA SSD for some SSD caching action, but don't have the right motherboard? Well, even if you just want to use an SSD for caching and don't have the right motherboard, this can be a hassle. An adaptor has appeared in Japan that allows for an easy solution for those inclined to get SSD caching on their system and it's a rather peculiar looking setup.

Want to use an mSATA SSD for some SSD caching action, but don't have the right motherboard? Well, even if you just want to use an SSD for caching and don't have the right motherboard, this can be a hassle. An adaptor has appeared in Japan that allows for an easy solution for those inclined to get SSD caching on their system and it's a rather peculiar looking setup.

The company behind the adaptor is called Kuroutoshikou and it's a company that tend to come up with all sorts of unusual bits of hardware.  In this case we're looking at a fairly standard size PCI Express x1 card with a Marvell 9130 SATA 6Gbps controller on it. It features what Marvell calls HyperDuo technology which allows for easy setup of SSD caching. This chip is already available on a few RAID cards, but this is where things get interesting.

mSATA adapter Interesting mSATA adapter launches in Japan

Kuroutoshikou's card has an mSATA slot for the SSD and a SATA 6Gbps connector to which the hard drive is attached. For most users this is just an extravagant way of setting up SSD caching, as using a 2.5-inch SSD would most likely cost less. However, if you have a compact case, or a low profile case with limited drive space, then this card would very well come in handy. At 3,980 Yen (S$61) it's not the cheapest route to go either, but it's at least reasonably competitively priced compared to a similar RAID card.

Source: Kuroutoshikou