Lexar intros FireWire 800 card reader

Lexar on Tuesday introduced new models of its pro flash card readers for Macs and PCs, including a new FireWire 800 model. The Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader is coming in April for $79.99; a USB 2.0 dual-slot reader s coming in June for $49.99.

The new card readers work in conjunction with Lexar’s newly introduced 300x Professional Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) CompactFlash cards, a high-performance flash memory standard, and 133x Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), a small flash memory standard that supports capacities up to 4GB and higher.

The Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader is compatible with all CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, MicroDrives and UDMA-enabled CompactFlash cards. It ships with a one-meter FireWire 800 cable and and an 18-cm cable. It features a stackable design that enables it to work easily with othe readers; it allows for concurrent download of images stored on multiple cards when up to four of them are daisy-chained together.

The Professional Dual-Slot Reader is USB 2.0-enabled and works with SD, SDHC, CompactFlash and UDMA-enabled CompactFlash cards.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later.

Lexar’s Web site had not been updated with information about the new readers as Macworld posted this article.

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