WiebeTech has rolled out the Fire800 Host, a US$79.95 FireWire 800 PCI host card that sports three FireWire 800 ports. It’s compatible with any PCI slot-equipped Mac running Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.
You can also buy the Fire800 Host for $49.95 with any Fire800 enclosure or other qualifying WiebeTech enclosures. The PCI card’s external FireWire 800 (1394b) bilingual ports are 9-pin; they allow the connection of FireWire 800 external hard drives and other external FireWire 800 devices. They’re also backward compatible with FireWire 400 (1394a) devices.
The Fire800 Host has serial bus data rates of 100/200/400/800 Mbits per second, and a 33-MHz/64-bit and 33-MHz/32-bit selectable PCI interface. If you insert the PCI Card to a 33-Mhz/32-bit slot, the transfer data will be reduced to Firewire 400 speeds.