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LaCie Bumps Speed of FireWire Drives

New models offered in capacities up to 75 GB By Dave Nagel
LaCie announced today that it is equipping its external FireWire drives with a new FireWire controller that provides double the data throughput performance of previous models. Available in 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB and 75 GB capacities, the 7,200 rpm offer a sustained transfer rate of 35 MB per second and burst performance up to 50 MB per second.

The new drives can be connected to the standard native FireWire ports on Macintosh G3s and G4s. They are fully ATA 100-compliant and support the Ultra DMA mode 5 used in high-performance hard drives.

The new FireWire controller is a 400 Mbps interface that is based on a 1394 to IDE bridge dual chipset. With latest generation FireWire support, the drives are hot-pluggable and mount automatically. They provide an access time of 8 ms to 9 ms. The drives have an enclosed, integrated universal power supply and two 6-pin IEEE-1394 connections. There is no need for any external power supplies.

The new drives are available now and include a FireWire cable and LaCie's Silverlining Pro for Macintosh. They sell for $229 for the 20 GB model; $279 for the 40 GB model; $329 for the 60 GB model; and $429 for the 75 GB model. For more information, visit

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