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ADS Tech Announces New USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit

Device converts user?s HDD to a hot-swappable USB 2.0 drive for instant portable storage (May 10, 2005)

ADS Tech (www.adstech.com) announced today a new Mini Drive Kit, the latest addition to its award-winning line of USB products. The Mini Drive Kit is a plug-and-play device that enables Mac and Windows PC users to quickly and easily increase their storage capacity by turning the hard drive that best meets their needs into a portable USB 2.0 drive. Gigabytes of removable storage can be added by simply plugging an IDE Ultra DMA 33/66 or ATA-100/133 hard disk drive into the ADS Tech Native Bridge Board inside the drive kits enclosure.

Designed with the same sleek look and feel of the new Mac mini, the stackable ADS Techs Mini Drive Kit also offers the same small form factor as the Mac mini?it is just 6.5 inches square and less than 2 inches high.

When plugged into the USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port of a computer the Mini Drive Kit is instantly recognized, theres no need to configure the drive or reboot the system.


With a cost-effective solution for adding Gigabytes of removable storage to their new minicomputer or laptop without opening the computer case, consumers, students and business people can expand the capabilities of their Macs and PCs to achieve new levels of convenience and productivity.

* Users can get started by transferring files from their desktop system to the drive kit and plugging it into their new minicomputer or laptop.
* Consumers can turn their minicomputer into a digital entertainment hub that looks attractive in their living room and takes up very little space.
* Business users can share data by plugging the drive kit into the USB port of a co-workers computer.
* Content developers can edit video on location because the Mini Drive Kit supports sustained transfer rates up to 35 MB/Sec. Since digital video only requires 3.9 MB/sec., theres plenty of speed remaining for other tasks.
* Students can store and transfer volumes of data between their home computer and the computer they use at school.


All of these users, including mobile users, can use ADS Techs Simple Touch Backup Button on the front of the drive kit to backup entire folders or selected files with a single click. By using the Intech utilities for PCs and Macs that are included with the drive kit, automatic backups can be scheduled.

ADS Techs versatile USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit is externally powered with a power supply that provides both 5 and 12 volts to the drive. A lighted rear power toggle switch and a hard drive activity light are included to help users quickly determine drive access. For security, the Mini Drive Kit offers advanced micro-slot protection (to keep the drive from "walking away") and compatibility with both Anchor Pad and Kensington Locks.


Pricing, Availability
ADS Techs new USB 2.0 Mini Drive Kit can be used with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP systems as well as Mac OS X systems. A Windows 2000 or XP system with USB 2.0 drivers from Microsoft is required for USB 2.0 speeds. The Mini Drive Kit will be available through ADS Techs network of online and retail channels worldwide with estimated street price of US$59. It includes the USB 2.0 Drive Enclosure, a 9-inch USB white cable and a 5-inch USB white cable, a 5-Volt/12-volt Power Supply and a CD with Intech's Utilities for PC and Mac systems.


About ADS Technologies
ADS Technologies is a world leader in Universal Serial Bus and IEEE-1394/FireWire solutions. Since 1992, the company has introduced high-quality multimedia, networking and presentation products at consumer-friendly prices. The companys award-winning USB product line includes eleven complimentary peripherals and its USB Port for Desktops is the worlds best-selling USB PCI host card. PYRO 1394DV, the first consumer-priced digital video editing solution on the PC market, has been widely adopted by owners of digital video camcorders for its ease-of-use for first time DV editors, its functionality and its low cost.

ADS Technologies products are distributed by Ingram Micro in the United States, Canada and Europe. ADS Technologies products are available in nearly 3,000 consumer electronic and computer retail stores and through OEM private label customers around the world who market ADS Technologies products under their own brand name. ADS Germany, Central Europe can be reached at Phone: +49 (0) 8106 356 311, Fax: +49 (0) 8106 308 663. ADS France, Southern Europe can be reached at Tel: 04 43 90 19 20, Fax: 01 46 58 67 06.

For more information, visit http://www.adstech.com or call 800.888.5244.

 


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