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Iomega Peerless
by Jim Bennett and Rick Smith (January 8, 2001)


 

If you are facing data overload and require better data management, you will welcome the innovative and high capacity modular drive platform from Iomega - the Peerless Drive System. This approach is important for the following reasons:

  • Addresses major needs in numerous business and consumer vertical markets.

  • Growth in the rapidly expanding digital music and digital imaging marketplace requires ever increasing removable capacity. This revolution is just starting.

  • Modular design is usable for both PC and Macintosh users and appears to offer good scalability at affordable costs - about a penny a megabyte according to company. Relocation of the hard drive electronics from the disks to a base station is said to be a first in the hard drive industry.

  • Read/write heads are fully sealed to eliminate dust contamination.

  • Security is addressed by using chip based identifier technology which protects against unauthorized attempts to read information.

    The Peerless drive also:

  • offers 5, 10 and 20 GB capacities using proven hard drive technology

  • retails for $249. Peerless disks should retail for $129 (5 GB capacity), $159 (10 GB) and $199 (20 GB).

  • has a usable size and shape (about the same as a PDA - 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide)

  • has transfer rates in the 15 MB/sec range.

    It should be shipping by the middle of 2001.

    Copyright 2006 Jim Bennett and Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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