first FireWire 800 product — the Cobra FireWire 800/USB 2.0 external hard drive — is now available in capacities up to 250GB.
FireWire 800 is the faster peripheral interface introduced in January with Apple’s PowerBook G4. Based on the IEEE 1394b standard, the interface sports twice the available bandwidth of the original FireWire interface; it allows data transfer as fast as 800mbs per second. The Cobra device can be “striped” together for implementing massive storage solutions.
The Cobra FireWire 800/USB 2.0 drive is housed in a light-gray, streamlined case that’s shielded with 0.6mm metal. It includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a cable, and software. The Cobra drive ships with Intech Hard Disk Speed Tools, RAID level-0 striping software for Macs. The manufacturers suggested retail price is US$299 for a 120GB model, $459 for 200GB, and $589 for 250GB.