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[NPL] Orange Micro FireWire Products


DATE: June 25, 1999

SUBJECT:Orange Micro announces five new FireWire products rounding
out its HotLink FireWire series line.

Anaheim, CA Coming on the heels of the shipment of its HotLink PCI
FireWire Cards, Orange Micro has added five new IEEE-1394 items to
its FireWire product suite. They are the HotLink Repeater, HotLink
FireWire PC Card, HotLink Hub, HotLink FireWire/SCSI Converter, and
two maximum lengths FireWire Cables. The HotLink Repeater The
IEEE-1394 specification limits peripherals to a 15 foot cable. The
HotLink Repeater extends that distance at 15 foot increments, and can
be combined to achieve up to 236 feet between a host system and the
FireWire peripheral itself. The HotLink Repeater will ship at the end
of August, and carries a MSRP of $49.

The HotLink FireWire PC Card
This PC Card (also known as PCMCIA) was designed to provide FireWire
to Mac PowerBooks and PC portables which have a PC Card Bus slot. It
sports two 6 pin unpowered IEEE-1394 ports for all types of FireWire
peripherals such as hard disks, DV still cameras, DV camcorders, and
FireWire printers. The HotLink FireWire PC Card will ship early 4th
quarter and will list for $229. The HotLink Hub When you have
several FireWire devices in a daisy chain configuration,
disconnecting one in the early sequence of the chain, interrupts the
rest of them. But with the HotLink FireWire Hub, you eliminate the
daisy chain effect and allow uninterruptable "hot plugging" of all
your FireWire devices. The Hub has six IEEE-1394 ports. The HotLink
Hub also provides 30 watts of additional power for those FireWire
peripherals which require it. The HotLink Hub will list for $99 and
will ship at the end of August.

The HotLink FireWire/SCSI Converter
Apple will add FireWire to the iMac and its newest PowerBooks; and
SCSI will be gone forever, wiping out your SCSI peripheral
investment? Not with Orange Micro's innovative FireWire to SCSI
converter. It easily connects to your FireWire port and converts all
SCSI data from your SCSI peripheral - input and output. Some
customers who have a Blue and White G3 are desperate for PCI slots.
The HotLink can free up one slot by eliminating the need for a SCSI
PCI card and the precious slot it takes up. The HotLink FireWire/SCSI
converter is limited to a single SCSI device, however multiple
HotLinks may be attached to the Mac's FireWire ports. The Fast SCSI
data transfer rate is 10 Megabytes/second, and comes standard with a
25 pin SCSI connector and 6 foot FireWire cable. Art Scotten, Orange
Micro's president, noted, "Orange Micro has set its strategic sights
on the FireWire technology explosion which started with Apple's full
commitment to FireWire last January. We plan to provide a wide range
of FireWire IEEE-1394 solutions for both the Mac and PC within the
next 6 months in order to meet the growing market requirements".

For more information, contact Orange Micro at (714) 779-2772 or visit
our site at www.orangemicro.com. CONTACTS: Julie Moeller, VP
Sales & Marketing
(714) 779-2772


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