IOGEAR PCI Card Supports USB 2.0

IOGEAR has announced the release of its first PCI Host Card for USB 2.0. The new productwill be compatible with first generation USB devices. According to IOGEAR:

USB users can now take full advantage of faster transfer speeds as IOGEAR today shipped the first USB 2.0 compliant PCI Host Card.

The PCI Host Card (GIC250U) is based on the new NEC chipset and comes with five ports (one internal and four external) for easy plug-n-play accessibility and scalability. It can transfer data up to 480 Mbps, offering users increased functionality over multiple USB connected devices. The product is priced at $89 (MSRP) and is available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets.

"USB 2.0 technology delivers a simple solution to the increased demand for bandwidth when using connected devices," said Kevin Luong, senior channel sales manager at IOGEAR, Inc. "This advance has pushed manufacturers into a new arena. It is an accomplishment to be shipping the first USB 2.0 compliant PCI Host Card and IOGEAR is committed to delivering highly innovative, quality products to the market."

The PC and Macintosh product is fully backward compatible with any first generation USB device and comes with a three-year limited warranty.

The PCI Host Card is available for US$89. You can find more information at IOGEARis site.