Adaptec Debuts Firewire/1394, USB 2.0 Ports Combo for Notebooks

5/14/2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a leading supplier of desktop-PC solutions for connectivity, storage and multimedia, announced the availability of DuoConnect for Notebooks, a combination FireWire/1394 - USB 2.0 card for laptop computers.

"With the proliferation of digital cameras, DVD burners, digital video cameras and other consumer-electronic devices, consumers have an increased need for fast and robust connections to their computers," said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president and general manager, Adaptec's Desktop Solutions Group. "For travelers, DuoConnect for Notebooks reduces the need to carry multiple computer cards. The solution is easy to use and reliable, providing customers with greater convenience when connecting FireWire and USB 2.0 peripherals to their laptop."

DuoConnect for Notebooks lets consumers plug in one card, which includes one FireWire/1394 and two USB 2.0 ports, to attach multiple peripherals and consumer-electronic devices to their notebook computers. The complete solution includes digital-editing/disk-burning software, which enables users to manage and enjoy digital content the way they want.

Adaptec is a market leader in developing easy-to-use and robust connectivity solutions for consumers. The company ranked number one in market share in 2002 for its sales of FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 PCI cards, according to The NPD Group, a market information company based in Port Washington, New York. Recently, Adaptec's DuoConnect, a FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 combination card for desktop PCs, won PC Magazine's Editors' Choice.

DuoConnect for Notebooks
DuoConnect for Notebooks is a combination FireWire/1394 and USB 2.0 card for PC laptops. The card has one FireWire/1394 port and two USB 2.0 ports with USB 1.1 backward compatibility. Digital video-editing/disk-burning software and Adaptec USB 2.0 drivers for Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me and 2000 are also included. The DuoConnect for Notebooks FireWire/1394 port is OHCI-compliant.

Adaptec DuoConnect for Notebooks is available at select retail stores, including CompUSA, Fry's and MicroCenter, as well as the Adaptec Web site at at an MSRP of $129.99, which includes a five-year warranty.

About Adaptec
Adaptec Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPT) provides highly available storage access solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks, servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and are sold through OEMs and distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P SmallCap 600 Index member.

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