IOFlex PCI to FireWire IEEE 1394 800 Host Adapter 3+1 Port

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PCI to FireWire800 More Like This Synchrotech's PCI to FireWire® 800 Host Adapter provides a high performance 800Mbps interface on 64-bit PCI systems for the most demanding applications. Perfect for connecting FireWire 800 hard drives and other high speed devices. The host adapter provides two external 9-pin ports, one internal 9-pin port, and one external 6-pin (FireWire 400) port. The 6-pin port makes it a snap to connect to existing DV camcorders, CCD cameras, digital still cameras, set top boxes and other 1394.a and earlier devices to a PC or Macintosh. The 9-pin ports are great for use in conjunction with Synchrotech's high performance UltiFire 800 Drives. Fully compliant with all current specifications, the PCI to FireWire® IEEE 1394 Adapter excels with digital video and other high speed device connections. This device works best in machines with 64-bit PCI systems providing a maximum of 800Mbps (Megabits), but also works at reduced throughput in 32-bit PCI systems. Testing with various 32-bit PCI systems with FireWire 800 devices yielded various results, but throughput were consistently better than 400Mbps while considerably lower than 800Mbps.

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FW8-FIO-02 IOFlex PCI to FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b Host Adapter 3+1 Port
Requires 64-bit PCI Slot for full 800Mbps: [click for info]

Features and Specifications

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  • Full compliance with the PCI 2.2 specification
  • Two external and one internal 1394.b FireWire 800 ports
  • One external 1394.a FireWire 400 port for existing devices
  • Supports 100, 200, 400, and 800 Mbps (megabits) transfer rates
  • Fully supports provisions of IEEE 1394-1995, 1394A, and 1394B standards
  • Supports up to 62 devices that can be run simultaneously on a system
  • Plug and play, hot-swap device functionality
Warranty Information
  • Manufacturer's 5 Year Limited Warranty
Bus Interface
  • PCI 2.2 Compliant
  • 64-bit PCI Bus Mastering
  • 32-bit PCI Bus Mastering
  • 100, 200 and 400 Mbps (megabits) transfer rates 32-bit PCI
  • Greater than 400 Mbps (megabits) transfer rates 32-bit PCI (variable on individual system)
  • 100, 200, 400 and 800 Mbps (megabits) transfer rates 64-bit PCI
Package Includes
  • One IEEE 1394b FireWire 800 PCI card
  • One 9 to 9-pin IEEE 1394b FireWire 800 cable
  • Instruction Sheet
  • CD-ROM with drivers
  • Two external 9-pin IEEE 1394b FireWire 800 ports
  • One internal 9-pin IEEE 1394b FireWire 800 port
  • One external 6-pin IEEE 1394a FireWire 400 port
System Requirements PC
  • 450MHz or faster processor and at least 128MB RAM
  • Free 64-bit/33MHz PCI 2.2 slot (32-bit/33MHz slot will provide 400Mbps or better)
  • Mac OS 9.x or later (FireWire 400 only)
  • Mac OS X 10.2.5 or later (FireWire 800/400)
System Requirements Mac
  • G3/G4/G5 Series Power Macintosh
  • Free 64-bit PCI slot (32-bit slot will provide 400Mbps or better)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP
  • Mac OSX 10.2.3 or later
Operating Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to 55° C
  • Relative Humidity: 90% (max.) non-condensing


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 Identifying a Computer's PCI Slots Types
The easiest way to determine what types of PCI slots a systems has is to read its documentation or check with the manufacturer. This document provides a way to identify slots by physical observation.
W3 Document Mac OS X 10.3 and FireWire 800 Drive Corruption
Information and firmware update to address issues announced by Apple Computer.
For Synchrotech UltiFire 800 Hard Drives * Date 2003.11.01
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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