updated 06:50 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007
Sonnet FireWire, USB cards
Sonnet today unveiled its Allegrotm Express FW400 and Allegro Express USB FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 cards, as well as its Tango Express combo FireWire 400/USB 2.0 adapter. The cards add full-bandwidth to powered USB and FireWire ports without the need for an external box or power adapter. Each card features a native PCI Express x1 host bus interface, offering easy plug-and-play installation with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows compatibility. The Allegro Express FW400 features two external or one external plus one internal FireWire 400 ports, supporting all industry standard FireWire 400 peripherals. The Allegro Express FW400 supports hot-swappable device connection, and is designed to provide reliable bus power independently to each port. All three cards are due to ship in early February for $70 (Allegro Express FW400), $70 (Allegro Express USB), and $90 (Tango Express).
Allegro USB boasts four external and one internal USB 2.0 ports, offering support for all industry standard USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 peripherals. Allegro USB also supports simultaneous low-, full-, and hi-speed device connections. Tango Express includes two FireWire 400 ports and three USB 2.0 ports, offering support for hot-swappable devices and simultaneous low-, full, and hi-speed device connections.