The Mac Mini also comes with ports for an SD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire800
, and USB 3.0.
Little Big Disk Quadra 1TB includes dual 2.5" hard disks that work together in RAID 0 configuration to enable burst transfer speeds up to 110 Mbps via integrated eSATA or 80 Mbps via integrated FireWire800
Iomega desktop hard drives are available as USB 2.0 only, dual interface (USB 2.0 and Firewire 400, or USB 2.0 and eSATA), triple interface (USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and Firewire800
), and tetra interface models (USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 and eSATA).
For years, expensive high-speed SCSI or Fibre Channel drives were the only option, but now a new generation of speedy FireWire800
(www.firewiredirect.com) storage systems is entering the picture.
The OXFW912 from Oxford Semiconductor is believed to be the first FireWire800
(IEEE1394b) to IDE (ATA7) bridge chip to maximize transfer rates for both single and dual disk drives, irrespective of data block size.