Speed Demon Flash Cards Debut at CES

By Greg Scoblete On Jan 6 2005 - 8:00am

Wile E. Coyote has nothing on the new crop of flash memory being introduced at CES. Coping with the copious quantities of data produced by ever-higher resolution digital cameras and flash-based video cameras has pushed flash memory capacities north of 512MB and spurred data transfer speeds in excess of 10MBps.

Several flash memory manufacturers hit CES touting the speed of their wares. Here's a look:

C-Guys is showing its high-speed SD cards with a write speed of 13MBps and read speed of 20MBps. The cards are available now in 512MB and 1GB capacities for $100 and $200 respectively.

The company is also announcing a high-speed reader/writer, the SD-USBean, for a suggested $25, shipping immediately. The product supports USB 2.0 and a 20MBps transfer speed.

Lexar will introduce a new flagship to its “JumpDrive” line of USB flash drives. The JumpDrive Lightning, which ships in January, will offer 120x transfer speeds capable of 18MBps data transfer. It will ship in 1GB and 2GB capacities for an estimated street price of $134.99 and $274.99 respectively.

They will feature a polished chrome finish and be bundled with security software for encrypting and decrypting files.

Ritek's Advanced Media subsidiary will introduce a new Pro series of memory cards under its Ridata brand. Pricing was not announced. The cards will include CompactFlash, SD, MMC, RS-MMC, and mini-SD.

The CompactFlash Pro line will sport a 52X write speed and ship in 128MB to 4GB capacities. SD Pro, with a 66x write speed, and MMC Pro will be available in 128MB to 1GB capacities.

Mini-SD Pro cards will also offer a 66x write speed and will be available in capacities of 32MB to 512MB. Reduced size-MMC will also ship in 32MB to 512MB capacities.

The company will also introduce a new 2-in-1 SD, MMC memory card reader under the Ridata brand. The USB 2.0 reader will be available in several colors and will be bundled with the company's MMC Pro card.

Sony is adding two new high-capacity Memory Sticks PRO cards to its lineup. A 1GB Memory Stick PRO is currently shipping for a suggested $150. The company will also introduce a 4GB card, its highest capacity to date. Pricing was not announced.

The new cards sport data transfer speeds of 10MBps and an operating temperature range of minus 13 degrees F to 185 degrees F.

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