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Pretec 16GB CompactFlash card

Posted by: Mark Peters Tuesday 26th, September 2006

Pretec, world record holder of the highest capacity flash memory cards of CF card (12GB), USB Flash Drive (16GB), and Secure Digital card (8GB), has now released 16GB CF card, the first and highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world today at Photokina 2006 (Booth Hall 6, A069). The demand for higher capacity and better performing flash cards has been increasing in our daily lives with introduction of ever higher resolution digital cameras and the emergence of new multimedia appliances and industrial applications. Over the last 10 years CompactFlash has seen a 4,000 times increase in capacity from the first announcement of Pretec 4MB CompactFlash card to today’s 16 GB.

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Microdia 4GB SDHC

Posted by: Mark Peters Monday 25th, September 2006

Microdia is now taking orders for its latest 4.0GB SDHC cards; with estimated delivery of within 1 week from receipt of order confirmation. Having a suggested retail price of around 170 USD, this new Microdia memory card conforms to the SD memory card Ver.2.00 standard introduced by the SD Card Association earlier this year. With a capacity of 4.0GB, this new Microdia SDHC card can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures, more than 1,000 digital songs or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 digital video. No doubt, this card will meet the requirements of the most demanding digital photographers. Microdia confirms that the new Secure Digital HC cards will be 100% fully compatible with SDHC devices.

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Kingston content-on-card program

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Sunday 24th, September 2006

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the availability of a new content-on-card program to support the needs of companies wanting to add value to their products or promotions by using customized Kingston Flash memory cards and USB drives. The new program offers custom content loading, packaging and logistics for digital entertainment producers, software developers and any business that wants to provide content on new media to gain a competitive edge and deliver a unique solution in any market using today's latest portable storage media. Kingston's reputation for quality products and longstanding relationships with suppliers ensures the continuity and reliability.

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ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash adapter

Posted by: Mark Peters Sunday 24th, September 2006

Delkin, makers of high quality digital photography products and accessories today announced the new ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash adapter. This versatile adapter enables the fastest data transfer from a CompactFlash memory card to the new Apple MacBook Pro and PC laptops with an ExpressCard slot. Eric Richter, Delkin's Marketing Manager explained, "Many digital photographers use laptops in their workflow and the ExpressCard is the new standard for laptops. Our Delkin eFilm ExpressCard 34 CompactFlash adapter works in both 34 and 54 mm ExpressCard slots, including the popular Apple MacBook Pro. With a transfer rate of up to 20 MB/s, it is the perfect tool for a photographer’s workflow."

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Hama SD for MobileNavigator 6

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Tuesday 19th, September 2006

“… turn left after 300 metres” commands a friendly voice to the driver. Unfortunately, you can no longer turn left as the street has been blocked off since the navigation system was purchased. Those who would like to avoid such frustrating moments and also would like to drive along the newly opened bypasses must depend on current map materials. Starting at the end of September, Hama’s elaborate distribution channels will provide four upgrade versions for PNAs (Personal Navigation Assistant), thus allowing you to upgrade to the latest Navigon software MobileNavigator 6. Preinstalled on the SD memory cards, the upgrades are suitable for most mobile devices.

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Samsung 40nm NAND flash memory

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Tuesday 19th, September 2006

Samsung Electronics Co., the world leader in advanced semi-conductor technology solutions, announced major component technology advancements including the 40-nanometer (nm) 32-Gigabit (Gb) NAND flash, the first prototype of the next-generation of memory PRAM (Phase-change Random Access Memory), and a new System-on-Chip controller for the soon-to-be-released Hybrid Hard Disk Drive. “The phenomenal shift in the popularity of digital products that we are experiencing today is rooted in the virtually non-stop string of advances being seen in semiconductor technology,” said Dr. Chang Gyu Hwang, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics’ at its sixth annual press conference held at the Shilla Hotel.

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SanDisk Extreme IV review

Posted by: Dennis Hissink Tuesday 19th, September 2006

Some developments are so ground breaking that you just have to give them your attention. Take the new SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash memory cards, for example; they are already ahead of things that have not even been put on the market yet. With the Extreme IV CF, SanDisk is so far ahead of the competition that they don't stand a chance of catching up with them in the foreseeable future. SanDisk was already firmly in control of the professional memory card market, partly due to the Extreme III card. The introduction and sale of the SanDisk Extreme IV gives professional photographers a very interesting solution to problems with memory. Let's take a look at the figures: Extreme III has a very respectable speed of 20MB/sec for both reading and writing data. Nothing wrong with that, you would think, but the SanDisk Extreme IV CompactFlash memory card does 40MB/sec. This is double the speed and means that SanDisk has produced the fastest memory card in the world!

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Samsung PRAM memory

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Tuesday 19th, September 2006

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced that it has completed the first working prototype of what is expected to be the main memory device to replace high density NOR flash within the next decade a Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM). The company unveiled the 512Megabit (Mb) device at its sixth annual press conference in Seoul today. More scalable than any other memory architecture being researched, PRAM features the fast processing speed of RAM for its operating functions combined with the non-volatile features of flash memory for storage, giving it the nickname: perfect RAM.

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The days where consumers would expand their storage capacity with an 8 MB flash memory card are a long time ago. microSD cards with 32GB for a smart phone are a common fact. The increase of capacity is significant, but so is also the capacity we need for all our digital data we collect. Mobile imaging photographers shoot with their camera phone, DSLR photographers capture stills and HD video, and camcorder enthusiasts capture their favorite moment in Full High Definition quality. Due to the increase of high resolution material, more storage capacity and more speed is needed. The flash memory card and the hard discs are the most popular and used storage solutions. Cloud storage could become a storage solution for the near future. This type of storage and 3D Blu-ray storage are under development and maybe showcases - among the dozens of flash storage solutions - at the Photokina show 2010.