Orange Pushes USB 2.0 Into Prime Time

Orange Micro is preparing to show off their latest round of USB 2.0 products at the Comdex conference. USB 2.0, or USB Hi-Speed, is poised to challenge FireWire for speed and ease of use, although FireWire has finally caught on in a major way. According to Orange Micro:

Orange Micro, a leader in the development of USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, FireWire and SCSI consumer products for Mac and PC, was the first to show USB 2.0 products in July of this year. Once again, Orange Micro will be demonstrating these products at Comdex 2000. (At Booth S877 in the Sands Convention Center)

USB 2.0, soon to be dubbed USB "Hi-Speed" by the USB Developers Association, is 40 times faster than the currently available USB 1.1 interface. Our demonstration will include the OrangeUSB 5 port PCI card, OrangeLink+ FireWire/USB 2.0 Hi-Speed combination card and the OrangeUSB 4 port hub in conjunction with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed peripherals from Fujitsu and others.

The OrangeUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed Series
The OrangeUSB PCI Board has 4 external and 1 internal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ports. The popular combination board, the OrangeLink+ FireWire/USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, sports 2 external and 1 internal FireWire ports, in combination with 3 external and 1 internal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ports. The OrangeUSB Hub has 4 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ports that will support USB 1.1 legacy peripherals simultaneously with newer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed technology products. All the above Orange Micro products are fully compatible with both Macintosh and Windows environments.

The OrangeUSB PCI card will begin shipping in December and will be available for US$89. The OrangeLink+ FireWire/USB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI card will be available in February 2001for US$149. The OrangeUSB Hub will also be available in February for US$89. You can find more information at the Orange Micro web site.