MOTU's dominance in the FireWire interface market, is going to enhanced by the release of their first USB 2.0 device. Featuring a theoretical 480mps (some 80mps faster than FireWire400), the first of their devices to get the USB treatement is the 828 MKII. The MKII is the second iteration in the 828 family and offers analog, digital (s-pdif and ADAT) plus MIDI I/O and DSP powered mix capabilities. In all respects it's identical to the Firewire flavoured 828 MKII except that it has USB 2.0.
"USB 2.0 has proven to be a widely adopted and successful connectivity
standard for both Mac and PC, and it's increased bandwidth over USB 1.1
is well suited for pro audio applications," said Jim Cooper, Director
of Marketing for MOTU. "With the addition of a USB 2.0 model, the
828mkII line now delivers even broader plug-and-play compatibility with
latest-generation personal computers."
The 828mkII-USB provides a high-speed "ultra-fast" (480 Mbit) USB 2.0
connection to any USB 2.0-equipped Mac or PC. Users can freely choose
between purchasing the 828mkII FireWire model or the USB 2.0 model,
depending their computer and other FireWire or USB devices they plan to
connect to it. Most recent computers (built within the last several
years) support the high-speed USB 2.0 standard.
Both models (828mkII-FireWire and 828mkII-USB2) are now shipping and
share the same US list price of $795.