Iomega has announced it is now shipping its new "Peerless" 10 and 20 GB hard drive system. The system consists of three components, the Interface Module (USB/Firewire), a docking station (they call it the 'Drive') and the disks themselves which come in 10 and 20 GB flavours. Initially aimed at the ability to take disks to and from different places (say home to work) but other Interface Modules are promised in the future(MP3, Car Audio, TV etc.)

Phil: Sounds kind of interesting, though it does seem a little expensive, the Interface Module (USB/Firewire) and Drive are $249 then you've got to add a disk at either $159 (10 GB) or $199 (20 GB).

Brief Features

  • 10 / 20 GB disk (based on IBM TravelstarTM 20GN 2.5" notebook hard disk)
  • Disk ID Chip ensures security for each disk (in case of stolen / lost disks)
  • 15/MB per second transfer rates (Firewire?)
  • Drive / Interface as separate modules (other Interface / Drives to be developed later)
  • Current Interface modules: USB 1.1 or Firewire. USB 2 and SCSI coming soon.
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Mac bundle: IomegaWare, Aladdin Shrinkwrap, QuikSync, MGI PhotoSuite, MusicMatch Jukebox
  • PC bundle: IomegaWare, QuikSync, Iomega Backup, MGI PhotoSuite III, VideoWave III, MusicMatch Jukebox, Altiris PC Transplant
  • Future: Network Attached Storage, PC-2-Go (portable switchable PC on a hard disk), Home DVR video
Whole Peerless system connected Peerless Interface Module (USB / Firewire)
Interface Module + Drive (docking station) Peerless Disk (10 / 20 GB)

Click here for the Iomega Peerless website

Press release:

IOMEGA SHIPS NEW PEERLESS 10GB AND 20GB DRIVE SYSTEM

Iomega Product Heralds New Generation Of Portable Storage Devices

ROY, Utah, May 24, 2001 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM), a global leader in data management solutions, today announced that its new PeerlessTM 10GB and 20GB drive system is now shipping. The Peerless drive system, winner of two editor's choice awards upon its introduction in January 2001 at CES and Macworld, is shipping more than a month ahead of schedule and marks the arrival of a new generation of portable high-speed storage devices.

Configured with a USB interface module, the first Peerless drive systems are going to customers who pre-ordered through http://www.iomega.com. Iomega will begin shipping the system with FireWire® interface modules within weeks, and the Peerless drive system is expected to be widely available by late June when PC Expo opens in New York City.

"Many of today's digital applications demand a storage system that is truly portable, truly high capacity, and truly high performance," said Doug Collier, senior vice president, marketing and product management, Iomega Corporation. "With pocket-sized Peerless disks, users can back up an entire hard drive, migrate computer systems, and automatically protect all of their vital data with Iomega's easy-to-use QuikSync file backup software."

The Peerless drive system incorporates world-class technology based on IBM's TravelstarTM 20GN 2.5" notebook hard disk drive in 10GB and 20GB capacities. As the highest shock-rated removable hard disk drive, Travelstar provides Iomega's Peerless drive system with a solid technology platform in a rugged and reliable sealed disk that is roughly the size of a PDA. The Peerless disk slips into a base station only slightly larger than the disk itself - a slim, vertical enclosure that minimizes the footprint on the desktop.

The Peerless drive system's unique design lets users save money as they add capacity. The system's hard drive electronics are located in the base station, rather than on the disk itself, so users only have to buy the drive's electronics once. This industry-first technology is a product of collaborations between Iomega and IBM and results in disk prices as low as one cent per megabyte. The fully sealed disk design also eliminates the risk of dust contamination and allows sustained transfer rates up to 15 MB/sec with a FireWire interface module.

Price and availability

The Iomega Peerless drive system can be ordered today by residents of the U.S. through http://www.iomega.com. Shipments to international regions are expected to begin at the end of May. The drive with interface module retails for $249.95 (U.S. suggested retail price). Individual Peerless disks can be ordered today for $159.95 (10GB) and $199.95 (20GB) (U.S. suggested retail prices). The base station bundled with an interface module and a 20GB disk retails for $399.95 (U.S. suggested retail price). The base station bundled with an interface module and a 10GB disk retails for $359.95. FireWire interface modules are expected to be available within weeks.