Iomega has introduced a FireWire adaptor for its 250MB USB Zip drive.

The adaptor increases the read speed from 0.9MBps to 2.0MBps. Desktop systems with six-pin FireWire ports can provide host power to the drive via the adaptor, so no power supply is needed.

The Zip 250MB USB is one-inch thick, weighs just under a pound, and is compatible with 100MB and 250MB Zip disks. It comes with IomegaWare 2.1 software, which includes QuikSync instant back-up utility.

The $79.95 adaptor is compatible with FireWire-enabled Macs running Mac OS 8.6 or 9.0. No UK price has been set yet.