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Third generation LaCie PocketDrive now with USB 2.0 announced

Third generation LaCie PocketDrive now with USB 2.0 announced - 

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LaCie today announced the third generation of its award-winning PocketDrive now including both USB 2.0 and high-speed FireWire interfaces. Offering speeds of up to 35MB/s, the new series of PocketDrive will appeal to time-conscious users and DCC professionals looking for a mobile yet high-speed storage tool.

The U&I* dual support lets the consumer choose between USB and FireWire (i-link, IEEE1394) interfaces providing unrivalled connectivity. The drive can be quickly hot-plugged on laptop and desktop computers regardless of the operating system, making it ideal for transferring data or for expanding the storage capacity of any USB or FireWire-equipped machine.

Combining capacities of up to 48GB with a rotational speed of 5400 rpm, the PocketDrive gives mobile users a simple way to speed-up drive-intensive applications like multimedia presentations, digital video, music editing, personal backup or large file archiving.

The industry's fastest ultra-portable hard disk now also offers further flexibility. The addition of a 40GB PocketDrive to the range caters for an ever-increasing demand for capacity choice.

The 400Mbits/s FireWire interface delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 35MB/s. This exceptional performance, twice as high as traditional FireWire disks, results from in-house developed FireWire to IDE bridges coupled with 2,5' high-performance ATA100 disks and standard 2MB buffer.

Forty times faster than the previous USB 1.1 generation, USB 2.0 boosts the connection performance to 480 Mbits/s, making it possible for USB users to transfer large files such as videos or images.

The compact PocketDrive is housed in a unique, impact-resistant, rubberised case providing additional data security. Furthermore the PocketDrive can be safely carried in any laptop bag or even a jacket pocket. A groove around the edge helps to keep the cables tidy.

Maximum connectivity
U&I* provides connectivity with most current and future Macintoshes and PCs (from Mac OS 8.6 to 10.1 and Windows98se to XP).

Most recent Apple and Sony computers have standard FireWire (i-Link) ports and this high-speed interface is increasingly common on the professional PC market. Offering maximum convenience to people on the move, the PocketDrive draws power directly from the computer when used with FireWire (A/C adapter supplied for use with USB or i-Link).

The high-speed capabilities of the USB 2.0 interface are fully optimised when the computer is fitted with a USB 2.0 host-adapter. However owners of USB1.1-equipped computers can still use their peripheral at the old standard's maximum speed and keep the same drive when they upgrade to USB 2.0 or buy a new computer. USB2.0 is expected to become the new standard and replace USB 1.1 in new personal computers from 2002.

* USB and FireWire

Availability and Pricing
The 3rd generation PocketDrive is available from December at a recommended street price of:

LaCie PocketDrive U&I 10GB: 175
LaCie PocketDrive U&I 20GB: 198
LaCie PocketDrive U&I 30GB: 280
LaCie PocketDrive U&I 40GB: 398
LaCie PocketDrive U&I 48GB: 468

Pricing includes cables and LaCie's Silverlining Utilities for Mac OS and for Windows.

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