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FirmTek Ships dLite USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure

The dLite USB 3.0 enclosure incorporates the latest technology to deliver unprecedented 440MB/sec SSD transfer speed with cross-platform PC and Macintosh compatibility

FirmTek, LLC, the world's leading developer of Serial ATA solutions for Apple Macintosh and PC systems, today is announcing and shipping the dLite with a limited time introductory price of $39.95 (MSRP $59.95). The dLite USB 3.0 enclosure incorporates the latest technology to deliver unprecedented 440MB/sec SSD transfer speed with cross-platform PC and Macintosh compatibility. Perfect for solid state drives (SSD), 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives, and 2.5” solid state hybrid drives (SSHD), this new ultra-affordable, ultra-light, Mac OS X bootable, bus-powered SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure offers a less costly option than it's Thunderbolt cousins, while freeing up your Thunderbolt ports for other duties.

Performance up to 440MB/sec with a single SSD
The dLite was created to provide 2.5" storage devices with blazing fast 5Gb bandwidth, amazingly simple disk mounting and ultra-quiet operation. The small ultra-light, yet rugged, dLite can be integrated as a portable on-the-go 2.5" enclosure, or as a space-saving high performance 2.5" desktop drive station. The unique dLite drive mounting design supports standard 2.5-inch 9.5mm height devices along with 7mm sizes.

Ultra-light Portability
The dLite silver aluminum chassis weighs in at only 2.0 ounces without a drive. Add a 2.8 ounce SSD or a 4 ounce standard 2.5" rotational hard disk to create your very own lightweight storage-on-the-go package. It's small footprint of 4.78 x 2.96 x 0.5" fits just about anywhere! The small size allows the drive to be carried in a shirt or pants pocket and it easily fits in the palm of your hand. The dLite features an attractive design made from aluminum to keep weight at a minimum while maintaining structural rigidity. “Protect and transport your high performance SSD in an incredibility small, high performance case," said Chi Kim Stanford, Vice President of Business Development. "The high quality, detailed construction of the dLite provides the same hig h performance as our popular miniSwap/U3 in a surprisingly lightweight package."

Instant Data Access
The dLite is compatible with virtually every computer with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. With USB 3.0, the dLite supports data transfer rates of up to 500MBytes/sec or 5Gbits/sec. Loading a 2.5-inch hard disk or SSD is as easy as removing the top cover, inserting a bare drive and replacing the cover, that's it! The dLite enclosure is designed to excel with audio/video editing, computer animation, digital photography, portable computing, storage expansion, backup and any application where external, flexible high performance data storage is desirable. FirmTek customers who enjoy the power and portability of SSD will truly appreciate the dLite.

dLite Key Features and Benefits

  • Ultra-quiet, fan-free, aluminum case for durability and heat dissipation
  • Attractive, durable, bus-powered, portable enclosure for 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD/SSHD drives
  • Easy to install: Swap out drives in seconds
  • Easy to operate: Simply plug in and go
  • Supports 7mm and 9.5mm drive heights
  • High performance design - Integrated direct connect SATA backplane; no internal cabling
  • Ultra high 5 Gbit/s bandwidth design with power and activity LEDs
  • Supports SATA 1.5G, 3G or 6G HDD or SSD 2.5-inch form factor with any capacity
  • High performance for handling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Perfect for both storage-hungry and speed-sensitive applications
  • Cross-platform, PC and Macintosh compatible, operating system independent
  • Works with Macintosh or PC with USB 3.0/2.0 ports running Mac OS X, Windows or Linux

The dLite is available directly from FirmTek and its authorized resellers (Part# DL-U3). Specially priced build-to-order dLite bundles with custom pre-installed SATA hard disks or SSD configurations are also available. For more information or to purchase FirmTek products please visit FirmTek's website at

About FirmTek, LLC
Headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded by former Apple engineers, FirmTek is a leading hardware and firmware research and development company focusing on storage technologies. The company takes pride in developing the most reliable and most compatible high performance enhancement solutions offered through FirmTek's OEM and worldwide distribution channels. For information on how FirmTek helps users deploy, and organizations develop, advanced interface solutions, visit FirmTek's website at, or drop us a line at the FirmTek support page.