In other Lexar developments: the new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) flash memory cards will be available as part of the company’s Platinum II and Standard lines. Lexar Platinum II SDHC cards will be available this month in 4GB capacity and speed-rated at 60X, capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second. Standard Lexar SDHC cards will be available this month in 4GB capacity.
Palm’s LifeDrive mobile manager includes a bulked-up 4GB hard drive with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Download images from your digital camera’s SD memory card onto your LifeDrive and directly into the Media application, then view your “just snapped” images, arrange them into albums, or share a few selects via email. View sharp, bright photos on the large color display, and turn your photo albums into slideshows complete with music, audio capture, and transitions. With the new auto-rotate feature, images are automatically rotated to your desired format (portrait or landscape) for optimum viewing. After you’ve downloaded photos from your camera’s memory card to your mobile manager, take advantage of Wi-Fi back to the studio or to clients.
The X-Porter XT high-speed USB flash drive provides a 200X transfer rate, with read and write speeds up to 32MB/sec and 26MB/sec, respectively. Designed with a durable water- and shock-resistant housing, the XT is available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities. The Xporter XT package includes a USB drive, USB cable, cap holder, lanyard, and a lifetime warranty.
In late March, Patriot plans to push flash memory technology a step further with the introduction of the X-Porter XT version2, with a 266X transfer rate and read speeds up to 40MB/sec. The X-Porter XT version2 flash drive will be available in 1GB to 16GB capacities and will come with a lifetime warranty.
PNY Technologies announced several additions to its family of USB flash drives at this year’s CES. The Optima Pro Series USB flash drive, available initially in a 2GB capacity, is enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost to optimize the performance of Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system. A ReadyBoost-capable flash drive allows users to launch new software applications quickly. The Micro Attache USB flash drive is less than one-third the size of PNY’s already compact Mini Attache, and among the smallest USB flash drives available today. The “baby” of the Attaché family will be available initially in a 1GB capacity, with 2GB and 4GB versions to follow. Finally, 8GB and 16GB Attache USB flash drives have been added to PNY’s original Attache family.
Ridata introduces its 4GB and 8GB Secure Digital high-capacity flash cards. This new format from the Secure Digital Association increases the capacity, speed, and performance of SD media. While the SDHC card is the same physical size as standard SD cards, its storage capacity sizes begin where the SDs end (e.g., 4GB SDHC cards can store approximately 1,240 1880x2160-pixel JPEG images). The memory card features CPRM copyright protection for optimal security and reliability, ECC auto-correction to correct data errors, and a firmware-update function that provides the latest firmware and compatibility with future advanced equipment.
For photographers in need of performance, reliability, and capacity, SanDisk is now offering 12GB and 16GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards. These are the highest capacity cards in the world and give photographers the freedom to shoot without worrying about filling up the card. SanDisk Extreme III cards have a read and write speed of 20MB/sec.
Seagate’s new FreeAgent Go external drive is a portable “data mover” that allows users to plug into someone else’s computer and immediately have access to their own personalized information, including Web favorites, contacts, and passwords. When you unplug the device, they leave no trace of your private information on that computer, Seagate says. This version, which stores as many as 160GB, weighs just 6.4 ounces and is roughly the size of a cigarette package.
An even smaller unit, the FreeAgent Go Small, stores just 12GB and is only slightly larger than a matchbox. Seagate also offers a high-capacity desktop model called FreeAgent Pro, which stores up to 750GB. Each FreeAgent Pro model comes with 500MB of online storage, which is free of charge for the first six months.
FireLite XPress is a portable, palm-sized hard drive that includes a unique cholesteric-liquid crystal display. The always-on display is readable without power, identifies the drive by a user-designated name, indicates the last date that information was recorded, provides a table of contents for the drive, and displays drive capacity and available space. The display provides excellent readability even in direct sunlight (perfect for on-location shoots in Death Valley!), allows for wide-angle viewing, and exhibits high brightness and contrast.
About the thickness of a quarter and smaller in length than a paper clip, Sony’s new “byte-sized” Micro Vault Tiny comes in five colors with storage capacities ranging from 256MB to 4GB. Tiny comes packaged in a versatile clip-on carry case that can be worn as an accessory, easily attaching to a cell phone case, purse strap, or key chain, or clipped onto a notebook cover. Tiny is preloaded with Virtual Expander, which expands the capacity to virtually store up to three times as much data by automatically compressing and decompressing files.
The Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) is breaking into the USB storage arena with a new line of USB 2.0 portable external hard drives in 100GB, 120GB, and 160GB capacities. The hard drive is automatically powered through a USB cable when the computer is turned on for switch-free on/off functions. Bundled with NTI Shadow software, the back-up solution eliminates the need to push a button or click an icon to activate back-up once parameters are set.
Packaged in sleek black aluminum housing with a blue power-on indicator light, the external hard drive incorporates Toshiba’s all-new, patent-pending shock mounting and ventilation system for a trouble-free mobile storage solution. For added security, Toshiba is including a one-year limited warranty program for its personal storage devices. The unit will be available this spring.
Verbatim Corporation has debuted its newest Store ‘n’ Go USB drive with up to 12GB of storage in a unit slightly larger than a standard USB flash drive. The sleek USB storage device comes preloaded with Mobile Launchpad, a utility for downloading applications that can be run directly from the Verbatim USB drive. Mobile Launchpad also allows users to have complete access to personal files and data without loading the content on a guest system. Users can carry and access up to about 6,000 300dpi photos, as well as video, music, and personal documents. Using the rugged swing-out USB connector, the hot-pluggable drive can be easily moved from computer to computer without shutting down or rebooting the system. Verbatim provides a USB extension cable to make it easy to connect to a personal or guest computer. The package also includes a travel wallet, USB extension cable, and quick-start user’s guide.