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Re: Anyone tried an eSATA expresscard (successfully)?

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 01:44:37AM +0100, Johan Ihren wrote:
> I'm looking for options for how to increase myagregated disk bandwidth in a 
> laptop. Well, for all purposes this is a server, except that I got a laptop 
> instead as I need to bring it along when travelling. Downside to 
> laptop-as-server today is a noticable absence of SATA extra ports or other 
> high speed / cheap disk attachments.
> USB or FW400 is of course available, but way slower than the built in SATA 
> disk. And then I suddenly noticed that eSATA expresscard thingies are 
> beginning to appear (Belkin has one, as does someone called "LYCOM" as well 
> as "SUNIX"), and that ought to be excactly what I want.
> Has anyone ever tried one of these? Is there any hope of this "just 
> working" because we support a bunch of SATA controllers and the rest is 
> just PCI-Express?

Most of these cards are probably using a Silicon Image SiI3531 or SiI3132,
or a Jmicron AHCI controller.  The SiI chips have a forthcoming driver.
AHCI is already supported by ahcisata(4).

        Jonathan Kollasch

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