ROY, Utah, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM - news), a global leader in data management solutions, is now shipping its Predator(TM) external CD-RW drive with FireWire® connectivity to North American distributors. The new Predator FireWire drive combines style and performance, offering twice the CD-R write speed of USB 1.1 and five times the CD read speed.
Iomega's Predator(TM) CD-RW drive with FireWire connectivity has a rated performance of 8X4X32X (8X write, 4X rewrite, 32X read) and supports additional popular interfaces by using detachable and interchangeable adapters. Users will be able to easily switch among any of four hot-swappable connection types: USB 1.1, FireWire, and PC Card and USB 2.0 when available. These choices will give Predator owners the freedom to transform their drives as needed for different desktop and laptop interfaces.
"Offering the speed of FireWire with our sleek Predator CD-RW drive is exciting for Iomega," said Doug Collier, senior vice president, marketing and product management, Iomega Corporation. "We are delivering on the needs of Macintosh users and a growing population of PC users of FireWire connectivity with a cutting-edge portable CD-RW drive with speed performance far in excess of current USB connections."
The Predator external CD-RW drive with FireWire adapter began shipping March 31 and will be available worldwide in Q2. The Predator drive with FireWire adapter is currently available for $329.95 (U.S. estimated retail price) at iomegadirect.com. FireWire interface adapters will be sold separately beginning later this month and will retail for $79.95.
Released to market in December 2000, Iomega's Predator CD-RW breaks the mold of traditionally heavy, brick-like external drives with a sleek, lightweight and stylish design. Compatible with both PC and Macintosh® platforms, the Predator drive's set-up is as simple as installing the software and connecting the drive. The software suite includes Adaptec® Easy CD Creator(TM) 4.0, Adaptec DirectCD(TM) 3.0, Adaptec Toast(TM), MusicMatch® Jukebox(TM) Plus, MGI PhotoSuite, Iomega QuikSync software (30-day trial version) and Adobe® ActiveShare(TM) software. Also included in the package are one CD-R disc, audio cable, data cable and an external power supply.
Iomega CD-RW Drives
Iomega CD-RW drives are available worldwide, two internal drives compatible with any Windows® PC and three external drives compatible with both Windows and Macintosh. Varying speeds meet the diverse needs of users: 12X10X32X (internal) with BURN-Proof(TM) technology; 8X4X32X (internal); 4X4X6X (external); and the versatile Predator (external) 4X4X6X with USB adapter and 8X4X32X with FireWire adapter. A robust software package is included with each CD-RW drive. All Iomega CD-RW drives are available at iomegadirect.com and are supported by Iomega's customer support team.