FireWireDirect.com today announced a new line of FireWire portable hard drives. Called the
Spark III EmPowered
(Spark III EP), the new drive draws power from a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and is available in storage capacities up to 40GB.
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Like Apple’s FireWire-based iPod, the Spark EP can either recharge using current from the FireWire interface or through an included AC adapter. The technology is based on diminutive hard drives barely an inch tall, which connect to the FireWire interface using the popular Oxford Semiconductor Oxford 911 ATA-5 FireWire bridge chip.
Available in 10, 20, 30 and 40GB versions, the Spark III EP sports a black and titanium style chassis with brushed metal side panels and an ice blue power light as well. It also features an on/off power switch. It comes equipped with the AC power adapter and a 6 pin to 6 pin FireWire cable.
Prices on the Spark III EP range from $199 to $389 depending on drive capacity. FirewireDirect.com also sells the raw enclosure itself, sans hard drive, for $149.