Maxtor has launched the 80GB 3000DV external drive at the giant US trade show, Comdex.

The FireWire drive offers a spindle speed of 7,200rpm and has been developed with the digital-video market in mind. The 80GB Personal Storage 3000DV drive is available now in then US and is expected to ship in then UK by year's end. It's suggested retail price is £271 (excluding VAT).

Maxtor has also announced research findings taken from a report by analysts firm, the Cahners In-Stat Group. The report shows that more than 35 million FireWire devices shipped in 2000. The report predicts that adoption of the FireWire standard will grow by 30 per cent each year up to 2005.

Apple was the first major manufacturer to release FireWire-equipped consumer devices. Casio, Sony, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba, all of which sell FireWire-equipped PCs today, have now joined the innovative company.

"Apple enabled the digital-video revolution with its invention of FireWire, the interface of choice for today's high-speed peripherals, digital video camcorders and fast external hard drives," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior director of hardware product marketing.