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Hot off the Press - Product News
May 11, 2004


Targus debuts two new mobile USB hubs

ANAHEIM, Calif. -Targus Inc., inventor of the notebook case and the preeminent provider of mobile accessory solutions, today debuted two new mobile hubs, the Hi-Speed Slim USB 2.0 4-Port Pocket Hub and the Ultra Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub. The company's new mobile hubs are designed to increase notebook connectivity without weighing down users' carrying cases or diminishing performance.

"The ultra-slim design of both new hubs gives users a portable method for expanding the number of available USB ports on their notebook," said Michael Greco, senior product manager for Targus. "Integrating the knowledge we have garnered as the pioneers of the mobile hub category, we have developed high-performance expansion solutions that are ideal for a wide range of notebook computer users, such as students and road warriors."

Targus introduced mobile hubs to the market more than two years ago, specifically addressing the needs of mobile users with lighter form factors and shorter upstream cables than those used for desktop USB hubs. AC adapters are optional on some Targus hubs, allowing users to leave behind extra weight when going on the road.

While other companies offer USB hubs, Targus dominates the mobile hub category, with approximately 50 percent of the market share according to a research report by Venture Development Corporation. Weighing less than 1.7 ounces, Targus' two new lightweight, credit card-sized hubs allow mobile computer users to connect up to four separate peripherals to their computer, including keyboards, printers, mice, digital cameras and storage devices. According to a market study issued by In-Stat/MDR analysts, the total number of USB-enabled devices will increase from approximately 375 million in 2002 to 863 million in 2007, a growth rate of over 18 percent.

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The new hubs are available at major retailers, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples and Office Depot, as well as on the Targus Web site (www.targus.com). Both hubs are compatible with Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP and Mac OS X. The USB 2.0 connection is backward compatible with USB 1.1 devices. For Mac users, the hubs will operate at 1.1 speeds. The following hubs are now available:

Slim USB 2.0 4-Port Pocket Hub

Weighing only 1.6 ounces, this slender, Hi-Speed hub is designed with built-in cable management, meaning that users do not have to carry extra cables in order to connect the hub to a notebook. The hub includes an optional power adapter to provide extra power if needed, and a convenient tuck-away upstream USB cable. The Pocket Hub is easy to install and requires no drivers. Users simply plug the hub into the notebook's USB port. The hub also features overcurrent protection on all four ports. This power management feature will shut down the overloaded port if the connected peripheral requires more power than the hub can supply, while continuing to supply power to the other three ports. The Slim USB 2.0 4-Port Pocket Hub meets USB Hi-Speed logo requirements and can support throughput speeds up to 480Mbps. The hub has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Ultra Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub

This fully powered, lightweight travel hub includes a Y-cable to draw power without the weight of an AC adapter. The size of a business card, and only slightly thicker than a USB port, its small size makes it ideal for use on the road. Similar to the Pocket Hub, the Ultra Mini Hub also requires no drivers and offers overcurrent protection. The Ultra Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub has a suggested retail price of $24.99.



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