CeBIT: Iomega with a new Peerless drive
At CeBIT, Iomega presented a new type of 'Peerless drive', a storage solution with a maximum capacity of 20 GB. The drives themselves fit into an approx. 10 x 12 cm base station which is connected to the PC or Mac via USB or Firewire interface. The read and write heads are located in the drives themselves.
Base stations with Firewire interfaces transmit up to 1.5 Mbytes per second, USB 2.0 and SCSI variants will follow soon. According to Iomega, the base station and drives will be available from mid-2001 in the US and from the third quarter of 2001 in Europe and Asia. Prices are already fixed: a base station costs around 250 US dollars. Drives will cost around US $ 130 (5 GB), US $ 160 (10 GB) and US $ 200 (20 GB), respectively.