has announced the IF8C, a US$129.99 dual drive internal FireWire 800 converter that converts two ATAPI devices into FireWire 800 devices internally.
Due to ship on Aug. 31, the IF8C supports Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x. With its internal FireWire converter, you can have up to 63 internal or external IDE devices with only one IRQ (interrupt request line). IRQs are hardware lines over which devices can send interrupt signals to the microprocessor.
Supported IDE peripherals include CD drives, DVD-ROM/RW/RAM drives, and hard drives. The IF8C measures 7.3 centimeters by 4.4 centimeters.