FireWire® Leader SIIG ships 1394 3-Port PCI(Fremont, California; October 11, 1999) SIIG, Inc., a leading manufacturer of I/O and controller boards, is now shipping its latest 1394 FireWire product, the 1394 3-Port PCI. This aggressively priced (estimated street price of $79) product is designed for use with the latest in DV video camcorders, utilizing FireWire technology (also known as 1394 or i.LinkTM), allowing users to capture footage from their DV camcorders to their personal computers.
The 1394 3-Port PCI, using the same 1394 PCI-OHCI adapter card (with 3 external FireWire ports), offers customers the ability to connect up to 63 IEEE-1394 devices connected in a chain through its 3 external ports. The IEEE-1394 ports operate at speeds of up to 400 megabits/second (50 megabytes/second), and much like USB are hot-swappable (allowing devices to be connected/disconnected without powering down the system). IEEE-1394 devices currently include DV camcorders, digital still cameras, disk drives, and are expected to include removable storage devices, scanners, printers, and a wide variety of Audio/Video products.