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Addonics Releases USB 2.0 Hub, Adapter

CardBus adapter supports mac OS X By Dave Nagel
Addonics Technologies today announced two new USB 2.0 devices--a hub and a CardBus adapter for notebook computers. The devices are cross-platform, supporting Mac OS X and Windows systems, though the CardBus adapter will only provide USB 1.1 speeds on Mac OS X at present.

The Addonics CardBus USB 2.0 Adapter plugs into the CardBus slot of a notebook computer to provide two USB 2.0-compatible slots. For models that support USB 2.0, it provides throughput of 480 megabits per second. It supports USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices and sells for $55, including an AC adapter for devices that require extra power.

The second product, the Addonics USB 2.0 Hub, adds four USB 2.0 ports to any computer with one USB connection, operating at USB 1.1 speed when connected to a USB 1.1 port. The hub is fully USB 2.0-compliant and is compatible with any USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 device. It will auto adjust the data transfer rate from 12 megabits per second to 480 megabits per second, depending on the devices it's connected to.

The USB 2.0 Hub is $55 with external power adapter and USB 2.0 cable. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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