Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire IEEE 1394 PC

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FireWire-PCMCIA Ratoc PC More Like This The Ratoc is a high performance PC CardBus to IEEE 1394 adapter. It lets you connect FireWire® IEEE 1394 peripherals including Digital Video Camcorders, CCD and professional digital still image cameras, set top boxes, hard drives, DVD/CDRW and other mass storage devices to your laptop PC. Additionally, the Ratoc Card is fully compliant with the latest PC Card standards, OHCI, and CardBus/PCI Power Management. All the necessary cables and connectors are included!

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
PCM-FIO-01P Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire PC
Requires 32 Bit PCMCIA PC CardBus Slot: [click for info]
Optional Accessories
PCM-FIO-PS Ratoc PC CardBus to FireWire External Power Supply N/A SOLD OUT

Features and Specifications

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Vista Compatibility Notes

  • Ulead VideoStudio LE Software included
  • Provides portable PC users with IEEE 1394 peripherals
  • The first OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 PC Card in the world
  • Fully compatible with Windows 98 SE pre-installed standard device driver
  • Best for capturing Digital Video and Audio from DV Camcorders to portable PCs
  • Connect Up to 64 FireWire® IEEE 1394 enabled external devices
  • OHCI Based Architecture Link Layer Chip Included
  • Data Transfer Rates up To 400 Mbps
  • Hot Plugging, Plug and Play
Package Includes
  • Ulead VideoStudio LE Software CD-ROM (software overview)
  • Ratoc IEEE 1394 CardBus PC Card for PC
  • Software CD-ROM with Ratoc installer (software overview)
  • Dongle with 2 6-pin FireWire® ports and DC power cable port
  • Manuals for Ratoc Card and Ulead VideoStudio LE
  • 6 foot 6-pin to 4-pin DV cable
Host Interface
  • PC Card Standard 7.0 / CardBus specification compliant
  • 32bit data bus, bus master DMA transfer capability
1394 Link Layer
  • OHCI 1.0 compliant
  • Isochronous DMA 4 channel
  • Asynchronous DMA 2 channel
  • Physical DMA support
PHY Layer
  • IEEE 1394.a compatible
  • Two 400Mbps ports (one 6-pin IEEE 1394 connector)
  • 100, 200 or 400 Mbps operation, automatic detect and negotiation
  • Provides cable power to bus powered IEEE 1394 devices with optional power adopter (+12VDC/1.5A. 15W class 1)
Electrical Characteristics
  • Operational Voltage: 3.3V/DC ± 0.3V Low Power consumption
  • 237mA idle
  • 290mA Standby
  • 325mA Full isochronous receive
Operating Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to 55° C
  • Relative Humidity: 95% (max.) non-condensing
System Requirements
  • Window 98 SE
  • Pentium MMX 150Mhz or Higher (DV capturing frame rate depends on CPU speed, Memory size, software and Hard Disk sustained data write rate. You need more than 11MB/second sustained data write rate HD.
  • QuickTime 4 Authoring or Pro recommended
  • IEEE 1394.1995 or IEEE 1394.a devices
  • Nearly all IEEE 1394, FireWire, i.LINK devices (see support docs)
  • Limited support for mainstream PC video editing packages, via conversion (see support docs)
  • FCC, VDDI, CE complaint


W3 Document XP SP2 FireWire Performance Fix
Performance of 1394 devices may decrease after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
Microsoft document and download for fixing possible performance decreases after SP2 installs
W3 Document Using Ratoc Devices in The Windows Vista
Compatibility chart, driver data, and information for Ratoc products and the Windows Vista
W3 Document Bridging FireWire 400 to FireWire 800
FAQ and product solutions for connecting between FireWire 800 and FireWire 400. Addresses 9, 6, and 4-pin scenarios.

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