Keyspan plans to use next week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. to debut a new USB-based 4 port serial adapter for the Macintosh. The device enables up to four serial port-compatible peripherals to work with Macs equipped with USB.
Each port on the Keyspan USB 4-Port Serial Adapter supports data rates up to 960Kbps. Keyspan says that with a suggested retail price of US$149, the unit is about half the cost and sports greater speed than a four-port offering already on the market.
Keyspan claims the USB 4-Port Serial Adapter is ideal for point of sale, medical, lab, manufacturing and scientific applications where multiple serial instruments must be connected to a USB port. And in addition to its Mac compatibility, the adapter will also work with various versions of Windows and Linux 2.4.
The USB 4-Port Serial Adapter’s Mac system requirements call for Mac OS 8.6 or later; Mac OS X support has been promised for later this quarter.
Keyspan makes a broad array of USB, FireWire and serial adapter products for Macs and PCs, including cards, hubs, a PDA adapter, a digital media remote device, and much more. Visit the company’s Web site for more details.
Macworld Conference & Expo takes place from January 9-12, 2001 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif. Keyspan will be present at booth 3535.