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2 Port Mini PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter with UASP Support

Add 2 USB 3.0 ports through a mini PCI Express slot

Product ID: MPEXUSB3S2

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  • Two external USB 3.0 type A ports
  • UASP support for more efficient data transfer
  • Provides up to 900mA of power per port

The MPEXUSB3S2 2-Port Mini PCI Express USB 3.0 Card Adapter adds two external USB ports to small form-factor systems, for connecting a variety of different peripherals.

Compliant with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 specification, with support for transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps (10x faster than USB 2.0) and power output up to 900 mA.

Enhanced with UASP support (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), this USB 3.0 controller performs up to 70% faster than conventional USB 3.0 when paired with a UASP supported enclosure (Note: UASP requires a compatible operating system). Using a more efficient protocol than the traditional USB BOT (Bulk-Only Transport), UASP technology optimizes transfers by allowing multiple commands to be processed simultaneously, significantly increasing transfer speeds for less wait time on data transfers. See our UASP test results below for further details.

Using the Mini PCI Express (Mini Card) form factor, this adapter card is designed for use in the latest very small form factor computer systems, such as Mini-ITX or custom embedded solutions where a standard PCIe card would not fit.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Improved Performance with UASP

UASP is supported in Windows® 8, Server 2012 and Linux kernel 2.6.3 or later. In testing UASP performed with up to a 70% faster read / 40% faster write speed over traditional USB 3.0 at peak performance.

UASP Speed Diagram

At the same peak in testing, UASP also showed up to an 80% reduction in required processor resources.

UASP Speed Diagram

Test results were obtained using an Intel® Ivy Bridge system, StarTech.com add-on USB 3.0 cards, a UASP-enabled StarTech.com enclosure, and a SATA III solid state drive.

Applications

  • System builders creating a small form factor HTPC with external USB 3.0 storage or other peripherals
  • Custom embedded systems with no room for full or even low profile PCI Express cards
  • Connecting external USB 3.0 storage devices for quick backup or archiving
  • Adding two additional USB ports to a mini-ITX system

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity at up to 5 Gbps and 80% more power than USB 2.0
  • A Mini PCI Express form factor designed for use in the latest small form factor and embedded systems
  • Time-saving file transfers, up to 70% faster than traditional USB 3.0 when used with a UASP-supported enclosure

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030843355

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
Windows XP (32/64-bit)/ Server 2003 (32/64-bit)/ Server 2008 R2/ Vista (32/64-bit)/ 7 (32/64-bit)/ 8 (32/64-bit)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - Mini PCI Express x1 (52 pin)
External Ports 2 - USB Type-A (9 pin) USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 85°C (32°F to 185°F)
Storage Temperature -65°C to 125°C (-85°F to 257°F)
Hardware Ports 2
Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type Mini PCI Express
Card Type Embedded
Chipset ID Renesas/NEC - µPD720200
Packaging Information Package Length 21 cm [8.3 in]
Package Width 14.5 cm [5.7 in]
Package Height 40 mm [1.6 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.2 kg [0.4 lb]
Performance Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Product Length 5 cm [2.0 in]
Product Width 30 mm [1.2 in]
Product Height 0.3 cm [0.1 in]
Weight of Product 70.4 g [2.5 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows XP (32/64-bit)/ Server 2003 (32/64-bit)/ Server 2008 R2/ Vista (32/64-bit)/ 7 (32/64-bit)/ 8 (32/64-bit)
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available Mini PCI Express expansion slot (full length)
Note Ensure computer case has an available expansion card slot
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - Mini PCIe USB 3.0 Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

You should not upgrade your device's firmware if you do not have any issues with the functionality of your device. The only time you should consider an upgrade is if you are experiencing a problem with the device, and you have confirmed that the firmware addresses this problem.  You can confirm this is the case by reviewing the documentation included with the firmware or by consulting with our Technical Support team. Incorrectly upgrading firmware can result in diminished performance so it is best to contact StarTech.com if you would like to perform this operation.

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB controller card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • USB cables

  • USB devices

  • USB controller card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the USB cable, device, and controller card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different USB cable, device, and controller card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the USB device and controller card, it is recommended that you do the following:

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and select Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  4. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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