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November 5th, 1999

[3:30 PM] Firestorm At Fantom Yields New Storage Devices
by Staff

Fantom Drives has announced a new Firewire based product line of storage devices called Firestorm. The Firestorm line brings the heart stopping speed of Firewire to mass storage devices for Firewire equipped Macintosh computers. According to Fantom Drives:

Scheduled to ship before Thanksgiving, FireStorm Hard Disk Drives are the perfect companion to Apple's iMac DV with Final Cut Pro. Proudly continuing the tradition of high quality drive assemblies that are standard in their SCSI and USB based products, Fantom Drives has built the FireStorm Hard Disk Drive product line around high quality 5,400RPM and 7,200RPM drives from industry-leader IBM. Fantom Drives has also chosen to bundle CharisMac Engineering's Anubis Formatting Utility with the FireStorm Hard Disk Drives, creating the most compatible FireWire based hard disk drive on the market today.

"Digital Video consumes tons of storage. iMac DV owners need an easy and efficient way to expand the stock drive-capacity of their computers," explained Ryan Stern, Director of Research and Development at Fantom Drives. "The FireStorm Hard Disk Drive products offer the perfect DV solution - large drive capacities; industry standard software; simple installation - while maintaining a great performance edge."

Fantom Drives also began taking immediate orders for the FireStorm CD-ReWritable 4x4x20 Recorder. With a high-quality Ricoh mechanism at its heart, the FireStorm CD-ReWritable drive is designed to address the shortcomings of similar USB and SCSI-based CD-Recorders by providing a reliable, easy-to-use solution that can be used by novice and professional users alike. As FireWire provides a bandwidth over 33 times faster than that of USB, this drive can record and rewrite CD-ROM and audio CDs at a solid 4x (600KB/Sec), and can read CD-ROM media at up to 20x (3,000KB/Sec). The FireStorm CD-ReWritable 4x4x20 Recorder will be bundled withCharisMac Engineering's Discribe CD-Mastering Software.

"Recent events in the data storage industry have created a vortex in the availability of FireWire storage peripherals," commented Rezza Zaimi, General Manager at Fantom Drives. "Fantom Drives intends to aggressively fill this void by empowering the creativity of our End Users with the introduction of our FireStorm CD-ReWritable and Hard Disk Drives.

The Firestorm CDRW is scheduled to ship next week, and will be available for US$449. The Firestorm hard drives will be available in 15, 25, and 34 Gig capacity. Pricing was not available at this time. You can find more information at the Fantom Drives web site.

Fantom Drives



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