Gigabyte Expand Box

Gigabyte Expand Box

Gigabyte Technology has introduced a connectivity device dubbed the Expand Box. According to the company, the box provides easy access to traditionally rear-mounted ports such as USB, FireWire and audio jacks, combining them all into one single unit. The device can be inserted into any 3.5-inch external drive bay and secured using included screws. The box includes two USB 2.0 ports, two IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ports and two audio (Line-In/Line-Out) jacks. Gigabyte said the USB ports provided easy front connection of USB devices such as Web cameras, digital cameras, MP3 players, printers, along with other USB-based peripherals. The USB 2.0 ports also allow for connection of high-speed USB devices such as external hard disk drives and DVD-RWs. For flexibility in connection of FireWire devices, the Expand Box has one six-pin IEEE 1394 connector and one four-pin IEEE 1394 (iLink connector). The four-pin connector is more common on digital video camcorders and other small external devices because of its small size. The six-pin connector is found on PCs, CDRWs, external hard drives, and digital audio workstations. This is due to its durability and support for external power for 1394 peripherals. Gigabyte is currently in discussion with Australian distributors and confirming price details.

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