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IEEE 1394 CDRW Drive - IEEE 1394 CDRW Drive
Wed, June 28 2000 | 11:49AM | PermaLink Feedback?
Evergreen Adds IEEE 1394 CDRW Drive to fireLINE Family Lineup; PC and Mac Users Can Produce Multimedia CDs in Minutes, Using Portable, External CDRW Drive CORVALLIS, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2000--Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today added a fifth product--the IEEE 1394 CDRW Drive--to its new fireLINE(TM) product family. (Evergreen's fireLINE products are developed using the new IEEE 1394 -- or FireWire(TM) -- high-speed data communication standard.) Evergreen's portable, external CDRW drive enables PC and Mac users to produce their own multimedia CDs in minutes, using the drive's write, read, erase and rewrite capabilities. It is "hot-swappable"-- meaning it can be plugged into a system which is already running-- and performs all the functions of a CD-ROM drive, CD-R and audio CD player. The fireLINE CDRW is compact (L 10", W 6", H 2"), and connects instantly into any industry standard IEEE 1394 port-- such as Evergreen's fireLINE PCI Card or fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA Card. "We are committed to expanding our fireLINE family of products with versatile, easy to use, plug-n-play peripherals equipped with IEEE 1394 capabilities," said Mike Magee, president and CEO of Evergreen Technologies, Inc. "Not only does our new fireLINE CDRW drive provide powerful data storage and backup options, it also allows customers to create their own personal production studio using the hot-swap and daisy-chain features of IEEE 1394 to connect to a variety of multimedia devices simultaneously." With its rewrite capability, Evergreen's fireLINE CDRW drive is the ideal solution for general data storage or daily backups, whenever data is frequently updated. The drive is accompanied by all the necessary software to create CDs. "With FireWire, or IEEE 1394, becoming a popular open standard for high speed data transfer, there will be an increasing number of peripherals developed which use the interface--especially since Microsoft recently threw its weight behind the standard," said Kevin Knox, research director at GartnerGroup. The fireLINE CDRW drive is on this cutting edge. Evergreen's fireLINE IEEE 1394 CDRW Drive -- Pricing, Availability and Specifications: With initial shipments expected early in July, the $399.99 (street price) fireLINE IEEE 1394 CDRW drive package comes with a 6-to-6 pin IEEE 1394 interface cable, an illustrated installation guide and a one year warranty. To facilitate CD production, Evergreen also includes Head's popular Nero software and one piece of blank CDRW media. "Plug-n-play" and "hot swapping" (features of IEEE 1394 technology) enable the CDRW drive to connect with up to 63 different IEEE 1394 devices simultaneously. Built-in operating system support for IEEE 1394 peripherals is provided in Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 and Mac OS 8.6 or higher. For installation, the fireLINE CDRW requires only that the PC or Mac have an available industry standard IEEE 1394 connection. (If not, the user can purchase an affordable interface card from Evergreen, discussed below.) Initial fireLINE Family Members: PCI & CardBus/PCMCIA Interface Cards, External HotDrive: Evergreen's $99 fireLINE PCI Card enables users to connect existing desktops (which do not have the IEEE 1394 connection built in) to IEEE 1394 peripherals, while Evergreen's $149 fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA Card does the same for portables. Evergreen also offers an IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard, which gives existing desktops the ability to connect to peripherals using either the IEEE 1394 interface or the USB interface. Evergreen's fireLINE interface cards are designed for use in either a PC (Windows 98SE and later) or Mac (Mac OS 8.6 or greater) environment. Evergreen's $499 fireLINE External HotDrive has a 20 gigabyte capacity and is ideal for backing up and transferring dense amounts of data between systems very quickly. It incorporates the high-speed IEEE 1394 interface, which supports hot swapping and plug-n-play for effortless installation and portability between systems. It functions with Windows 98 Second Edition and later, Mac OS 8.6 or greater for iMacDV as well as PowerMacs with existing 1394 ports. Consequently, the HotDrive is also an excellent vehicle to transport large files between the PC and Macintosh environments.
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