FirewireDirect has announced the availability of a new line of FireWire 800/1394b cables designed for both legacy FireWire/1394a devices and the new class of faster 800Mbps FireWire devices. The “Beta” cables are true FireWire 800 cables, with new 1394b 9-pin connectors on both ends and designed for connecting new 800 devices and peripherals to 800 equipped computers. The “Bilingual” version refers to cables used to connect legacy FireWire to the new FireWire 800, and have a high speed 800Mbps connector on one end and either a 4-pin iLink connector or a standard 6-pin FireWire connector on the other. The cables start at US$24.95.