Firewire SD card reader DIY:
Despite the speed increase depends on several factors, is easy to obtain 3X (or even more) compared to USB 1.1.
Just put a IDE SD Card reader into a Firewire/IDE enclosure
I'd tried out inside a computer, connected directly to IDE cable, despite the speed is even better, I'd have problems whith ISO formatted cards.
As my English is very bad, and a picture worth more than 1000 words: