Iomega has announced a new drive system which it claims offers data retrieval 10 times faster than optical storage alternatives such as CD-RW and DVD products.
The Peerless Drive System is expected to ship in Australia by the third quarter of 2001. The modular platform is roughly the size of a PDA and can store 5MB, 10MB or 20MB of data on removable disks. It is held in a base station and can achieve transfer rates of around 15MBps with a Firewire connection. This makes it ideal for use in video streaming and data intensive tasks, according to Iomega country director, Peter Dawson.
"We believe its modular design, high capacity and hard-drive performance will be so compelling that Peerless will open up an entirely new class of devices," he gushed.
The two major innovations in the Peerless technology are the integration of read/write heads into the disks and the relocation of the hard-drive technology into the base station.
Iomega expects the new system to find a market in the enterprise space, since the disks include a chip-based identifier technology for security applications. Pricing is yet to be finalised but the units will ship as Firewire or USB 1.1 interface modules, and it is expected USB 2.0 and SCSI products will follow.