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Gadget Enables Simultaneous Connection of a FireWire 800 Device and a FireWire 400 Device to One FireWire 800 Port

IRVINE, Calif. -- Jan. 5, 2011 -- Sonnet Technologies today introduced the Yin•Yang(TM) FireWire(R) 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub. This handy device enables users to connect a FireWire 800 device plus a FireWire 400 device to a computer simultaneously through a single FireWire 800 port.

FireWire 800 is a fast peripheral connection included on the latest iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook(R) Pro computers. These Macs (with the exception of the Mac Pro) have only a single FireWire 800 (IEEE-1394b) port and no FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port. This limitation poses a challenge when the need arises to connect a FireWire 400 device or more than one FireWire device. The solution is a Yin•Yang FireWire Mini Hub. Two FireWire peripherals, such as external drives, DV camcorders, Webcams, audio interfaces, and previous-generation iPod(R) mobile digital devices, can be concurrently connected and used. No adapter or cable swapping is required.

Yin•Yang is small and portable, and it supports one bus-powered device (on either port). The hub housing, measuring just 1.9 by 1.5 by 0.6 inches, is about the size of a matchbox, and the attached host cable is only 3 inches (8 cm) long. Yin•Yang requires no power adapter, needs no driver software, and works with all manufacturers' FireWire peripherals.

Yin•Yang (part number FHB-8284) is available immediately, with a suggested retail price of $69.95. For more information on Yin•Yang, visit the Sonnet website at http://www.sonnettech.com/product/yinyang.html.

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About Sonnet Technologies

Sonnet Technologies Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is a leader in providing storage systems for professional users of Macintosh(R), Windows(R), and UNIX(R) systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Since its founding in 1986, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Macintosh and industry-standard computers. Today, the company is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a product line featuring a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable storage solutions, as well as a variety of performance-extending upgrade cards. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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