Dual Hyper HDD - mSATA SSD hybrid Controller

This Dual Hyper HDD - mSATA SSD bybrid controller is a two port SATA III PCI-e host controller combined with two mSATA (mini SATA) SSD slots. It offers the benefits of high performance of a small capacity mSATA SSD and the low cost and high-capacity of a standard hard drive. The controller can be configured to operate in either hybrid mode or standard mode. In Hybrid mode, the controller enhances the performance of any ordinary SATA hard drive by the faster speed of a mSATA SSD (Solid State Drive). This significantly improves the boot up time of your system as well as the overall read/write performance of the hard drive, great for storage IO intensive applications such as gaming, video editing, CAD/CAM or high performance workstations. Depending on the configuration, up to two hybrid drives or four separate drives consisting of two mSATA SSDs and two hard drives can be connected to a computer. For more detail on how the hybrid mode operates and the benefit, please click on the following link to read the white paper from Marvell, the ASIC engine supplier for this controller.

In standard mode, the two connected mSATA SSDs and the SATA hard drives can be set up to operate as four individual drives or combined to form a RAID 0, RAID 1 or combined into a RAID 10 group . The two SATA ports are Port Multiplier compatible and is SATA III compliant with maximum throughput up to 6 Gbps.

 

 

 

When operate in the standard mode, the controller can be used for the following applications:

  1. To connect two M2 SSDs and two SATA hard drives as four separate storage devices to any system via a PCIe slot
  2. The two M2 SSDs and the two SATA hard drives connected to the controller can be combined into two separate RAID 1 or RAID 0 drive volume or as a single RAID10 volume
  • Increase system overall performance by combining a small capacity high performance mini SATA SSD and a low-cost high-capacity hard drive
  • Supported modes of operation:
    • Hybrid Drive (HDD+SSD) mode: Safe Mode (Mirrored Protection) or Capacity Mode (Cost-Optimized)
      Hybrid Drive mode enables 80 percent of the performance of a solid state drive (SSD) on any SATA hard drive at one-third the cost of SSD
    • Standard mode : two Hardware RAID0, RAID1, one RAID10 or as four (4) individual drives
  • Install into PCIe 4X slot
  • Two mSATA SSD sockets and two SATA ports
  • Port Multiplier Compatible
  • Maximum 6Gbits/sec*
  • Hot swappable - drive can be removed and added without system shut down or restart **
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support
  • SATA III maximum transfer rate of 6.0Gbps*
  • Compatible with any SATA I, II or III hard drive
  • Includes PCIe Low Profile and regular size two Brackets for installing into standard height or low profile system
  • 2 LED connections for drive activity
  • Supported OS: any OS with built-in AHCI driver, Windows XP (driver required)
    All modern OSs such as Windows 7, 8, Mac OS 10.6 and later and the latest Linux kernel comes with AHCI support

 

*To achieve the maximum throughput, the PCI-Express slot must be version 2.0 or higher. Older system with PCI-Express 1.0 slot will limit the speed to 2.5 Gbps. In standard mode, performance per port may decrease under individual drive configuration if both ports are transferring data simultaneously due to the limited throughput of the PCI-Express slot. Please visit following web page for more information of ExpressCard v1.0 and v2.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

** Hot swapping hard drive has been tested on Windows OS only.

  • Two (2) 7-Pin SATA connectors and two (2) mSATA (mini PCIe) socket on board
  • Two 6 Gbps SATA III Ports PCIe Gen2, 4-Lane Host Adapter
  • PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 compatible
  • Compliant with 5 Gbps PCI Express 2.0
  • Fully compliant with Serial ATA specifications 3.0
  • Support SATA III transfer rate of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, 1.5Gbps
  • Support HybridDrive (HDD+SSD), Hardware RAID0, RAID1 or RAID 10
  • HybridDrive enables 80 percent of the performance of a solid state drive (SSD) at one-third the cost
  • HybridDrive Modes: Safe Mode (Mirrored Protection), Capacity Mode (Cost-Optimized)
  • Support ATA and ATAPI commands
  • Support Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Support one Port Multiplier FIS-based or Command-based switching and max. two RAID groups
  • Low Profile PCIe Form Factor
  • Three Pin headers on board for LED connection
  • Compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7/8, 2008
  • Dimension (not including PCI bracket): (W x L x H) ~ 56 mm x 123 mm x 8 mm (2.2 x 4.84 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: ~ 60g ( 2.12 oz)
  • Operating temperature range: 0 °C to +60 °C
  • Operating humidity range: 5% to 90%
  • Storage temperature range: -40 °C to +75 °C
  • Storage humidity range: 5% - 95% (non condensing)
  • 1 year warranty
  • RoHS Compliant

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Userguides
Drivers
Marvell RAID utility for PCIe 2-lanes controller
Applies to: ADMS6GPX2, ADMS6GPX2-E, AD4SA6GPX2, ADEC346G-MS, AD4MSPX2, AD4SAHMSA

Windows RAID configuration utility for the ADMS6GPX2, ADMS6GPX2-E, AD4SA6GPX2, AD4MSPX2, AD4SAHMSA host controller, ADEC346G-MS ExpressCard adapter and Quad mSATA PCIe SSD.

Windows XP Driver for ADMS6GPX2, ADMS6GPX2-E
Applies to: ADMS6GPX2, ADMS6GPX2-E, AD4SA6GPX2, ADEC346G-MS, AD4MSPX2-A, AD4SAHMSA

Windows XP 32-bit driver for ADMS6GPX2, ADMS6GPX2-E, AD4SA6GPX2 host controller, ADEC346G-MS ExpressCard adapter and AD4MSPX2-A (Quad mSATA PCIe SSd) and AD4SAHMSA for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 or late