FireWire connectivity has made its way into Iomega's newest Peerless drive, with the vendor announcing the availability of the new drive for Macintosh and Windows computers.
Iomega's Peerless drive allows users to store data on 10GB or 20GB removable disks and began shipping with a USB 1.1 interface in May. The new FireWire interface means faster transfers of data and the Peerless system offers a sustained transfer rate of up to 15MB per second with a computer equipped with a FireWire 1394 PCI card.
"Users who need broad compatibility with current PC and Mac computers will appreciate the modular design of the Peerless, which allows them to swap the FireWire interface module for a USB interface module," said Iomega country director Peter Dawson.
Iomega claims the Peerless Drive's design can lead to disk prices of one cent per megabyte, because the hard drive electronics are located in the base station, rather than on the disk itself. The drive has applications in the digital video-editing market and for high-bandwidth streaming applications as well as being an alternative to traditional tape backup systems.
The FireWire 10GB and 20GB bundles retail for $995 and $1095 respectively.