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LaCie Intros FireWire 800 Drives, Card

Company also launches Ethernet drive By Dave Nagel
LaCie has announced several new storage and expansion devices for Macintosh and Windows. These include a new PCI-based FireWire 800 expansion card, new FireWire 800 drives and an expandable Ethernet-based storage device called LaCie Ethernet Disk.

The FireWire 800 expansion card is designed to provide FireWire 800 ports to Macintosh and Windows systems for data transfer rates of up to 800 megabits per second. The PCI card has three external 9-pin FireWire 800 ports with support for up to 63 FireWire devices and the ability to transfer data across 100 meters of cable. It also offers bus power for peripherals on each of the 3 ports with up to 18W per port with an optional internal power cable. LaCie's FireWire 800 PCI Card requires one available PCI slot and works in a 64- or 32-bit slot. It's also backward-compatible with FireWire 400 devices. It will be available this month for $89 for Mac and Windows systems.


LaCie has also introduced several FireWire 800 drives, announced late last month. These use 7,200 RPM mechanisms, ranging from 200 GB to 500 GB, and sell for $469 to $1,099.

The company has also introduced a new device called the LaCie Ethernet Disk. The Ethernet Disk is a rackmount storage system designed for up to 25 users on an Ethernet 10/100 network. The disk runs off an embedded version of Windows XP and is compatible with Macintosh, Windows and Linux workstations. It offers drive management functionality through a Web browser and can be expanded by daisychaining through FireWire or USB. It will be available this month in capacities of 80 GB to 500 GB for $599 to $1,499.

For more information, visit http://www.lacie.com.


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, Mac OS, 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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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