FireWire Direct Shipping The Ultra III 800 Hard Drive is now shipping the Ultra III 800 hard drive for Mac users. The Ultra III 800 is an external hard drive that features the new FireWire 800 data interface. The 3.5" desktop drive ships with the Oxford 922 chip with data rates of up to 800Mbps. According to FirewireOutlet:, Inc today announces the introduction of the Ultra III 800, the newest in their long established and popular Ultra Series of FireWire 3.5” desktop hard drive systems and the first in this line to employ the new, faster FireWire 800 data interface.

It is the second announcement of an 800Mbps hard drive product from FirewireDirect in as many weeks, propelling the company to a position as the early frontrunner in the transition to consumer FireWire “B” products. FirewireDirect was the first FireWire dedicated company when they debuted over 3 years ago, and with the release of their FireWire 800 PCI card and a series of cables became the first company to ship FireWire 800 products to consumers two months ago.

The new Ultra III 800 employs the Oxford 922 FireWire 800 chip, and has a dual USB 2.0 and FireWire interface. It boasts a sleek, Titanium styled chassis, ships with FireWire and USB cables, installs easily with no special drivers, includes drive formatting software for both Windows and Mac, and is available and shipping now in Enclosures and a series of high performance drives up to 320GB.

You can find more information about the Ultra III 800 drive at the Web site. The Ultra III 800 drives are available starting at US$229.00 for an 80 GB config.