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October 26th, 1999

[2:15 PM] Moving At The Speed Of The Internet: Mactell's FireWire Line To Be Picked Up

Not sure if we are talking about rumors or business in our title, but word has reached us that Mactell's FirePower line of FireWire products has been picked up by a new company. We have no details on whether the FirePower name will be retained, but since it is a good one, one can hope. We also do not have a company name or other details that we can confirm.

Also still up in the air is EvilEye, Mactell's Voodoo3 card that was expected to be released in October or November.

When we can confirm this company that has picked up the FirePower line, we will publish more information.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see this product line being picked up. FireWire devices are important to Apple's future in a number of ways. Apple's leadership in technology is at least partially tied up in FireWire as they are the patent holders on the technology. In addition, the success of the PowerMac, and now the iMac DV line, can be greatly enhanced by having a large number of FireWire devices on the market as Apple has moved away from SCSI. Lastly, since Apple does make money on licensing FireWire, the more devices there are and the more widespread the technology is, the more money Apple makes.

Good luck to the mystery company!


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