FirewireDirect.com offers Ultra III desktop drives
By Peter Cohen
has announced its SlimLine Ultra III series, a new line of desktop hard drives equipped with FireWire and FireWire/USB 2.0 interfaces.
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The Ultra III houses a 3.5 inch hard disk mechanism, and is available as a raw hard drive enclosure or in capacities up to 160GB, according to the company. All systems are also available as “Combo” units that add a USB 2.0 interface, if you need it. the Ultra III drives featuring their own storage capacity utilize ATA-100 mechanisms operating at 7200RPM for maximum performance. They use the Oxford Semiconductor Oxford 911 FireWire bridge chip to connect.
The Ultra III series features a new chassis design built in a metallic, sapphire-blue colored enclosure. The case is more compact and is stackable, as well. It features anti-shock casing and a quiet fan, according to the maker. It measures less than 1.5 inches thick and is an inch shorter than the Ultra II series.
FirewireDirect.com said that the Ultra III will work with any FireWire-supported system running Linux, Mac OS 9, X or higher, and various flavors of Windows. Prices range from US$99.95 for the do-it-yourself model to $389 for the 160GB model. “Combo” USB 2.0/FireWire drives cost a bit more. Check the Web site for the full details.