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LaCie To Ship FireWire 800 Notebook Expansion

PC Card offers multiple FireWire connections By Dave Nagel
LaCie this week introduced a new expansion card that brings FireWire 800 connectivity to older laptops. The new PCMCIA card is expected to ship this month for Mac OS X and Windows.

LaCie's FireWire 800 PC Card includes two external FireWire 800 ports and one external FireWire 400 port, providing transfer rates of up to 800 Mbps. The card can also provide bus power to devices on each of the three ports at up to 18W per device via an included power adapter. The card takes up one 32-bit PCMCIA card slot.

The FireWire 800 PC Card will be available this month for $79, For FireWire 800, it requires Mac OS X or Windows 2000 or higher. It also supports Mac OS 9 for FireWire 400 functionality. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, 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

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