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Adapter card marries FireWire to USB 2

Networking company D-Link released a combo USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 and FireWire adapter card, part of its effort to offer a way for the two connectivity standards to peacefully coexist. The DFB-A5 PCI adapter features two external USB 2 and two FireWire ports. Users can insert the card, which also offers an internal FireWire port, inside their PC. The product sells for around $90. Other new D-Link USB 2 products launched this week include an Ethernet adapter, a five-port PCI card and a four-port hub. Respectively, the products sell for around $70, $60 and $50.

FireWire, or IEEE 1394, is a popular means of connecting consumer electronics and some external drives to PCs. The rival USB 2 connection standard builds on the omnipresence of USB 1.1, for connecting peripherals to PCs. As USB 2 delivers throughput of 480mbps (megabits per second) and FireWire 400mbps, placing USB 2 as a strong challenger to early high-speed connection leader FireWire.