Orange Micro OrangeCombo PC Card
by Rick Smith (December 11, 2001)
Orange Micro has created a new CardBus PC Card for laptops, which combines the two new ports that your current laptop probably doesn't have -- USB 2.0 and FireWire.
The OrangeCombo PC Card provides two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire port on a single type II PC Card. Key features are:
All ports can be used simultaneously
External power provides 500 mA per USB port
Supports Windows 98 SE and newer
FireWire video editing software included
The USB 2.0 ports are "backward compatible" with all USB 1.1 devices. USB 2.0 peripherals will run at 480 Mbits per second, while USB 1.1 peripherals run at 10 Mbits per second. Ports on the OrangeCombo can function at the same time as the existing USB 1.1 ports on your laptop.
The OrangeCombo PC Card has an MSRP of $139 and will be shipping in March 2002.
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