Hot off the Product Press Release
by Zack Bryce, Tech Lab Mgr.

SONNET announces New Allegro FW400 PCI FireWire Product
March 28, 2003 - Irvine CA

"Sonnet Technologies announced the AllegroT FW400 FireWire PCI adapter card, the latest addition to Sonnet's line of FireWire adapter cards. The Allegro FW400 installs into any available PCI slot of a Power Mac or PC, and instantly adds the FireWire (a.k.a. iLink®, 1394a) connections needed to connect high-speed digital peripherals. Each card has three six-pin external FireWire ports and performs at the data transfer rate of up to 400 Mbits/s, and can connect up to 63 devices." per Sonnet's recent Press Release.

There appears to be some confusion in this new product announcement, because i.Link® (registered trademark of Sony) is a four pin, not 6 pin verison of IEEE 1394 FireWire®.

Standard FireWire® conducts power to a connected devices via two of the six connector pins, while i.Link does not provide power; hence only a four pin connector. - Zack Bryce

The Allegro FW400 is compatible with the following Macintosh and Windows configurations:




- Mac Operating System Requirements:
Mac OS 9.0 through OS X

Compatible Models:
Power Macintosh Series 4400, 6400, 6500, 7200, 7215, 7220, 7300, 7500, 7600, 8200, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600.
Macintosh Server G3, G4.
Power Macintosh G3 All-in-one, Blue & White, Desktop, Minitower.
Power Mac G4 (except Cube).
Performa Series 6400, 6410, 6420.
Workgroup Server 7250, 7350, 8550, 9650.
Daystar Genesis and Millennium Serie.s
Mactell XB-Pro.
Power Computing PowerBase Desktop and Tower, PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro Desktop and Minitower, PowerCurve, PowerTower, PowerTower Pro, PowerWave.
StarMax 3000, 4000, 5000, 5500.
UMAX C500, C600, C600X, J700, S900.

- Windows Operating System Requirements: Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP

- Windows Hardware System Requirements:
Available 2.1 PCI expansion slot
Pentium II class or higher PC

The Allegro FW400 has an MSRP of $39.95 and will be available on March 31, 2003.

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