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Lexar Unveils New PC Card Format

9/17/2003 10:29:00 AM Eastern

San Jose, Calif. - Flash memory manufacturer Lexar Media announced that it has developed the first ExpressCard flash memory card engineering samples, a new format for desktop and laptop computers, spearheaded by the technology trade group PCMCIA.

The new card, formally displayed at the Intel Developer's Forum, is roughly half the size of a current PC Card and achieves transfer speeds of 250MB per second, almost four times faster than traditional PC Cards.

System and card manufacturers are expected to bring the first ExpressCard products to market in the second half of 2004.

ExpressCard will support advanced serial I/O technologies, USB 2.0 and PCI Express, which Lexar said would enable the development of a wide variety of future mobile computing applications.