has announced the Alchemy FW 800 PCI card, which supports Firewire devices with transfer speeds from 100Mbps to 800Mbps. Two of the card’s three FireWire ports follow the new 9-pin (Firewire 800) standard, while the remaining port uses the 6-pin (Firewire 400) connector.
The Alchemy FW 800 PCI will ship early next month at a suggested retail price of US$99. The 800 Mbps speeds are supported by Mac OS X 10.2.4 and higher; Mac OS 9.x systems only operate at Firewire 400 speeds. The FW 800 doesn’t require any third party software for operation.
Power to the PCI card can be provided by the main power supply of your Mac. However, if you wish to offload some power drain from your PCI bus, you can connect a provided power cable to the Alchemy FW 800 PCI card.