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Adds IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard - Adds IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard
Mon, May 08 2000 | 12:24PM | PermaLink Feedback?
Evergreen Adds IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard to fireLINE Family Lineup

  Integrates IEEE 1394 high speed data communication technology with
industry standard USB technology on single PCI card; Provides enhanced
            peripheral connectivity for both PCs and Macs

    CORVALLIS, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2000--

    Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades
since 1989, today added a fourth product -- the IEEE 1394/USB PCI
ComboCard--to its new fireLINE(TM) product family.
    The fireLINE ComboCard integrates IEEE 1394 high-speed data
communication technology with industry standard USB technology on a
single PCI card. One PCI card and one installation gives existing PC
and Mac desktops the ability to easily connect and communicate with
computer peripherals and consumer multimedia devices which use either
the emerging IEEE 1394 (FireWire(TM)) interface or the industry
standard USB interface.
    "We will continue to expand our fireLINE family of products,
adding solutions for customers who want to use fast new PC
peripherals, but whose PCs bought only a few years ago lack newer data
communication capabilities," said Mike Magee, president and CEO of
Evergreen Technologies, Inc. "Companies developing new PC peripherals
select the data transmission standard most appropriate to the product
performance requirements. Consequently, the PC industry must continue
to support both IEEE 1394 and USB technology. Evergreen's new
ComboCard provides customers the flexibility to connect their PC or
Mac to either 1394 or USB peripherals."
    USB's transfer speed of up to 12 Megabits per second is good for
connecting mice, keyboards, joysticks, some scanners, printers and
more to PCs. However, the IEEE 1394 data transfer speed of up to 400
Megabits per second is far superior when dense data files -- like
graphics, database files, spreadsheets, audio and digital video --
need to be transferred between a PC or Mac and a consumer multimedia
device. These devices include digital video camcorders,
high-resolution color printers, external hard drives, scanners,
CD-RWs, DVD players, set-top boxes and more. (For more information on
these data transmission standards, see Evergreen's fireLINE press
release at
    "Although we initially saw 1394 (FireWire) as primarily a
technology to connect consumer devices to PCs, the length of the
expected delay before the adoption of USB 2.0 has given FireWire some
running room," said Roger Kay, research manager with IDC's Personal
Computers program. "Thus, we have revised upward our forecast of
FireWire penetration and expect that more than half of all desktops
shipping in 2004 will come equipped with 1394 connections, which will
be used for high-speed access to external storage, communications and
printing devices. Evergreen's technology makes it possible for
individuals and IT departments to bring FireWire to existing PCs."
    Evergreen's fireLINE IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard Connects PC and
Mac Desktops with IEEE 1394 or USB Peripherals Shipping now for only
$149, the Evergreen fireLINE IEEE 1394/USB PCI ComboCard is equipped
with three external IEEE 1394 ports, two external USB ports and one
internal IEEE 1394 connector. The card offers "plug-n-play" and "hot
swapping," and can connect up to 63 different IEEE 1394 devices at a
time. There is built-in operating system support for both IEEE 1394
and USB in Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 and Mac OS 9. In
addition, Evergreen provides the software drivers necessary for the
card to support Windows 98. An illustrated installation guide and a
one-year warranty accompany Evergreen's ComboCard. For consumers
wanting to use their PCs to edit their digital video images, Evergreen
also includes Ulead Video Studio SE on CD, which allows users to add
titles, sound effects, voice overs and music. For installation, the
ComboCard simply requires a standard available 32-Bit PCI slot.
    Initial Three fireLINE Family Members: PCI & CardBus/PCMCIA
Connector Cards, External HotDrive Evergreen's $99 fireLINE PCI Card
connects desktop PCs (without the IEEE 1394 connection built in) to
IEEE 1394 peripherals, while Evergreen's $149 fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA
Card does the same for portables. The operating system support and
included items are virtually the same as Evergreen's new IEEE 1394/USB
PCI ComboCard.
    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. It incorporates the high-speed IEEE 1394
interface, and offers hot swapping and plug-n-play for effortless
installation and portability between systems. It supports Windows 98
Second Edition and later, and Mac OS 8.6 or greater for iMacDV and
PowerMacs with 1394 ports. The HotDrive is also an excellent vehicle
to transport large files from PC to Mac, and vice-versa.
    For more information on these products, check, call 800.733.0934 or send email to

About Evergreen Technologies, Inc.
    Evergreen Technologies, Inc., based in Corvallis, Oregon, designs,
manufactures, distributes and supports upgrades for the personal
computer marketplace. Since 1989, Evergreen has pioneered a range of
solutions that "refresh" older systems to current system performance
and functionality.

    Evergreen Technologies is a trademark of Evergreen Technologies,
Inc. FireWire is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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