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Quad-interface HDD, FireWire 800 PCI card announced

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Wed August 20, 2008

Storage options announced

Vantec has introduced two FireWire 800 devices, the NexStar 3 Quad Interface hard drive enclosure and the FireWire 800/400 Host Card PCI FireWire adapter. The NexStar 3 enclosure is a 3.5" enclosure and features a SATA hard drive interface with eSata, FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 ports. It also has a power/hard drive access light and is constructed of aluminum for heat dissipation. The case supports up to 1TB hard drives.

The FireWire 800/400 Host Card features two FireWire 800 ports and a legacy FireWire 400 port for expanding into high-speed FireWire connections. It is PCI 2.2 compliant and works in 32/64-bit PCI slot. It also offers power over the FireWire ports.

Both devices are listed as coming soon, with prices to be announced later. The FireWire 800/400 Host Card requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, while the NexStar 3 only requires a Mac that can connect to one of its four interfaces.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sujovian

    Joined: Dec 1969



    An ad disguised as a news story. Absolutely nothing new that a dozen companies don't do already. Thanks, electronista.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hit or miss

    I've got two NexStar 3 enclosures (USB/FW) & (USB/FW/eSATA). The USB/FW enclosure works great, but the one with eSATA can't reliably read/write data over FireWire or USB (and I don't have an eSATA connector on my MacBook Pro).

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