Adaptec has announced a new CardBus adaptor, bringing SCSI connectivity to PowerBook users.

The PowerDomain SlimSCSI 1480 - launched at Macworld Expo - uses the PowerBook’s PCMCIA slot to deliver speeds of up to 20MBps – a four-fold speed hike on the PowerBook’s current built-in SCSI. It works with SCSI Manager and SCSI Manger 4.3, so that new and legacy SCSI devices can be used.

At the show, Adaptec also showed its latest Ultra 160 SCSI card – the PowerDomain 29610N. The single-channel card will replace the company’s earlier products, the PowerDomain 2940UW and the PowerDomain 2940U2W, as part of the company’s move to streamline its product line.

This product will be shipping worldwide by the end of January, and the PowerBook CardBus adaptor will be launched in Europe during February’s Macworld Expo in Tokyo.

Adaptec is also dropping the price of its PowerDomain 39160 and will be shipping it with SoftRAID, its disk-driver and formatting software. UK pricing for the card is yet to be announced.

As well as producing new products, the company has recently improved its Web site to offer more information to customers on the pros and cons of SCSI and other I/O standards.

For all the news from Macworld Expo 2000, San Francisco, go to Macworld's round-up pages.