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Accelerated Compact Flash: The Addonics SATA CF Adapter

New Possible Applications

We can see some interesting applications for this solution, such as noiseless systems and/or miniature industrial PCs. System installations on flash media seems inevitable here. In addition, flash devices have very low energy requirements, making them suitable for routers and terminal computers, as well as home-based media servers. Of course, in the latter case the data are stored on hard drives, which should shut off when idle.

Finally, this adapter solution also enables the development of ever greater numbers of special applications based on standard components. A mini-ITX mainboard including SATA CF adapter and a memory card is cheaper and more versatile than a proprietary solution with a fixed amount of preprogrammed memory. Of course, Addonics only passes along to its customers the interface chip, which can then be processed directly into applications to save space. Here we’re thinking specifically about auto computers, which in the medium term, are set to implement manufacturer solutions designed for navigation and basic entertainment.

Hardware
Processor2x Intel Xeon, 3.6 GHz1 MB L2 Cache (Nocona)
MotherboardAsus NCL-DSIntel E7520 ChipsetBIOS 1005
Memory2x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair, ECC, RegisteredCL 3-3-3-10
Controller UltraATA, USBIntel 82801EB (ICH5)
Controller SCSIAdaptec AIC-7902B Ultra320
Controller SATASilicon Image Sil3124 4-Port SATA-II-Controller
GraphicsATI RageXL , 8 MB
NetworkBroadcom BMC5721 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Controller
OSWindows Server 2003 StandardService Pack 1
Benchmarks & Messurements
Performancec’t h2benchw 3.6
Drivers & Software
Graphics DriverWindows Default Driver
IDE DriverIntel INF Drivers 7.0.0.1025
DirectX-Version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 32 Bit, 85 Hz

USB Card Readers

This no-name card reader may be speedy, but the Addonics adapter beats it.

While versatile, the Digital Media Drive from Pearl Agency is not as zippy as our second card reader.