updated 09:55 am EST, Tue January 11, 2005
New Wiebetech products
Wiebetech (Booth 1348) today debuted five new products at Macworld Expo, including its bus-powered UltraGB+ desktop FireWire enclosure; the Super DriveDock+ for connecting drives via FireWire without an AC adapter; the G5Jam+, which can mount up to 10 drives in a Power Mac G5; and the BittyDock, which can connect mini 1.8" and 1.0" Microdrives to any PC using a USB connection. It also launched RackFire+, its hardware-based FireWire RAID with "Two Big FireWire Drive Trays" in a 1U rackmount enclosure.
- WiebeTech's RackFire+ offers up to 1.6TB of storage in a compact 1U rack mount enclosure. It features two big FireWire drive trays--each of which can hold two 400GB drives and can be configured as a separate high-performance, hardware-based FireWire RAID. The trays connect to a FireWire 800/400 bridgeboard (i.e., connector), offering performance that exceeds 70MB/sec of data transfer per RAID setup. Each of the two removable trays features separate power supplies, allowing it to be configured as a Hardware 0 + Software 1 RAID, for both high performance and on-the-fly data redundancy. The unit features dual FireWire 800 ports, supports standard IDE drives, offers a dual-fan cooling architecture, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.6. It is available starting today for $1000 (4x120GB), $1100 (4x160GB), $1,700 (4x250GB), and $3,000 (4x400GB). Extra trays are $100, while the enclosure is available for $700.
- Wiebtedch's BittyDock is designed to allow easy attachment and mounting of the smallest storage devices, including Hitachi, Toshiba 1.8" drives, and 1.0" Micro drives. The drives can be connected to a Mac using a bus-powered USB2 connection (no drivers required). The company says that the device supports data transfers at up to 15MB per second. It ships with an adapter for 1.0-inch microdrives, offers a single LED indicator for both power/access, and includes a USB cable. It will ship in mid-February for $80.
- The new G5Jam+ allows users to mount up to a total of 10 drives to any G5 computer--up to six internal SATA drives and up to four external SATA drives for a total of 2.4TB of storage. (The original G5Jam supports four internal SATA drives for the G5 for up to 1.6TB of storage.). The device ships with a replacement air baffle supporting up to four additional SATA drives, for a total of six drives inside the system. The controller card also features four more external SATA ports, allowing a total of 8 additional SATA drives to be mounted to the G5. The device is $600 (G5Jam+ Serial ATA card + cables). Other configurations are available for $800 (2x160GB), $1,100 (4x160GB), $1000 (2x250GB), $1,500 (4x250GB), $1,700 (2x400GB), and $2900 (4x400GB).
- The Super DriveDock+, constructed from anodized aluminum, allows users to attach 3.5" IDE hard drives through one of its two FireWire 800/400 ports without using an AC adapter. Wiebtech says the device also includes a non-bus-powered USB2 port (buth ships with an AC adapter). It offers a 3-position power switch, 3 LEDs indicators for operational status monitoring/troubleshooting, and a world-compatible AC adapter. It will ship on January 17 for $250.
- The UltraGB+ provides bus-powered storage, accessible through a FireWire interface. It is available in two configurations--with either dual FireWire 800 (400 compatible) or dual FireWire 400 ports. Each also includes a non-bus-powered USB2 port, requiring an (included) AC adapter for connecting to a PC via USB. The "rugged" desktop enclosure features FlexMount shock absorbers to protect the hard drive, as well as data, from external bumps and vibrations, while the fan-less aluminum case provides durability as well as heat dissipation. It offers dual daisy chainable FireWire ports and a world-compatible AC adapter. Each version features a 7200rpm drive and 8MB cache buffer. They will ship on January 17 for $360 (120GB), $400 (160GB or 120GB), $440 (160GB).