has introduced the first dual port USB 2.0 PCMCIA CardBus card for Mac and IBM compatible notebook computers, according to
MacTech magazine. The US$129 card auto configures, needs no extra drivers, and fits into any PCMCIA CardBus slot.
According to IOGEAR, the CardBus card lets you add up to 127 simultaneous USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices. It boasts up to a 480 mbps data transfer rate. And offers two built-in type A USB connections.
The USB 2.0 PCMCIA CardBus card is designed for any Mac running OS 8.6 or greater. It’s due “early” in the second quarter of this year.
As far as Apple support for USB 2.0, the company still hasn’t confirmed any plans to officially support it. Most likely Macs will, sooner or later, offer both USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. Support for USB 2.0 will be possible under Mac OS X, according to Keyspan President Mike Ridenhour. However, USB 2.0 can’t be done for Mac OS 9 without Apple’s support, he told MacCentral.