Gigabyte Technology introduces its "Expand
Box"- a sleek and compact device that offers users easily accessible
connectivity. The Gigabyte Expand Box moves your IEEE 1394 (FireWire), USB
2.0, and audio ports right where you need them- at the front of the computer!
The Gigabyte Expand Box provides easy access to traditionally
rear-mounted ports such as USB, FireWire, and audio jacks and combines them all
into one single unit. The device can be easily inserted into any 3.5-inch
external drive bay and secured using included screws. Installation of the Expand
Box is straightforward and requires only its internal IEEE 1394, USB 2.0 and
audio ports to be connected to the respective headers on the motherboard.
There is no requirement for software drivers- just plug and play! With the
Gigabyte Expand Box, users also no longer need to become frustrated with the
difficulty of locating hard to reach ports and connectors behind your computer.
Fewer connected peripherals also mean fewer tangled cables at the back of your
computer to allow you to move your PC with ease!
The Gigabyte Expand Box includes 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
ports and 2 audio (Line-In/Line-Out) jacks. The USB ports provide easy front
connection of USB devices such as web cameras, digital cameras, MP3 players,
printers, along with many other USB-based peripherals. The USB 2.0 ports also
allow for connection of high-speed USB devices such as external hard disk drives
For flexibility in connection of FireWire devices, the Expand Box has one
6-pin IEEE 1394 connector and one 4-pin IEEE 1394 (iLINK connector). The
4-pin connector is more common on digital video camcorders and other small
external devices because of its small size, while the 6-pin connector is more
common on PC's, CDRW's, external hard drives, and digital audio workstations due
to it's durability and support for external power for 1394 peripherals. As for
the audio ports, the audio line-in offers connection of audio sources such as a
microphone while the audio line-out connects speakers, earphones and other audio
output devices for instant multimedia.
The Gigabyte Expand Box is a sleek and convenient device that
makes hard to reach ports a thing of the past- connect and remove your
peripherals and devices in a snap!