May 4
Addonics Ships Mobile UltraFloppy
USB/FireWire device reads 1.44 MB and 144 MB media

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Addonics Technologies has released a new external floppy drive for the Mac that reads and writes 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy disks and ultra high-density 144 MB media. The Mobile UltraFloppy connects to the Mac through the USB port, with a FireWire version set to ship later. It measures 8" x 4.9" x 1.3" inches and weighs 23 ounces. It draws power through the USB or FireWire port and consumes less than 4.5 watts in seek/write/read mode and less than 2.5 watts in standby Mode. A separate power supply is available. It offers a data transfer rate of 1.16 MB per second.

On the Mac, the Mobile UltraFloppy requires OS 9. The USB version is available now for $119. A PCMCIA version is also available now for $109. The FireWire version is expected to ship June 1 for $159.

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