announced that it will introduce FireWire support for their complete line of portable notebook and desktop USB Automatic Backup Systems (ABS) for Windows users this week at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas. Mac versions are “in development,” according to company officials.
The new FireWire versions of the ABS will provide users with the same hands-free backup and multiple data recovery options of the original USB 1.0 versions, while boosting data transfer capabilities to as much as 300 MB/Minute, Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals said in announcing the products.
The ABS for notebooks requires no additional media or docking station purchases and fits into a shirt pocket. Using the ABS system, backup tasks can be configured for the entire system, or just certain files. To take advantage of any remaining hard drive space on the ABS, users can create additional file folders to store “occasional use” files and programs that don’t need to remain on the host computer.
Estimated street prices range from US$349 for the 20GB solutions to $649 for the 100GB. Also this week during COMDEX, CMS Peripherals will demonstrate the expanded capacity and enhanced USB 2.0 support of their entire line of portable ABS systems. The USB 2.0 products will offer 480 Mbits/second data transfer. CMS is also launching a new line of PCI cards that, when plugged into a desktop computer, provides users with two USB 2.0 ports. They’ll initially be available only for Windows 98/2000/ME and XP, but, again, Mac solutions are purportedly under development.