updated 12:50 pm EDT, Tue May 6, 2003
Other World Computing today launched its , which adds FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) connectivity to any desktop Mac. The OWC FW800 PCI Card provides users with three nine-pin FireWire 800 ports and supports data transfer rates of up to 100MBps between two or more devices. It is available immediately for $80.
OWC also introduced today a new FireWire 800 external hard drive enclosure kit that is designed to support all 3.5-inch ATA/IDE hard drives. The new Mercury Elite Pro FW800/400 + USB 2.0/1.1 Enclosure Kit utilizes the Oxford 922 chipset; it offers two nine-pin FireWire 800 ports, one six-pin FireWire 400 port, and one five-pin USB 2.0/1.1 port. It is available now for $180. In April 2003, OWC launched its first FireWire 800 products with the introduction of its line of Mercury Elite Pro FW800 drives.