IOGEAR Inc. has launched new FireWire 800 PCI cards to enable Macs and PCs not equipped with the fast new peripheral standard to support devices that make use of it.
Apple introduced FireWire 800 in January when it showed the PowerBook G4 17 inch model. The interface has since been integrated on new Power Mac G4 models, as well. Also known by its IEEE moniker, 1394b, the new interface sports twice the effective bandwidth — 800Mbps — as the original FireWire interface. What’s more, it’s downwardly compatible with devices that use the original Firewire standard.
IOGEAR’s new cards are designed to fit into the PCI expansion interface offered on Power Mac G4s and many PCs. The company is offering one card that sports three FireWire 800 ports, and another that sports two FireWire 800 ports and one regular FireWire 400 port. Both cards are priced at US$99.95.
IOGEAR said the new cards are available now, from catalog resellers, online companies and select retailers. They work with Mac OS X 10.2.5 or higher and Windows XP.