IOCell released the largest USB flash drive yet at CeBIT 2006, a 16GB device named CellDisk16GB. They probably bridged two 8GB flash memory chips to produce this monster as 16GB single memory chips are not yet available. IOCell has not additional information other then making a splash at CeBIT – GetUSB wonders what fruit or vegetable will pear up for this photo shoot.
The SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus card is now at 2GB capacity, a jump in size which doubles the older model. The card looks and operates like a typical SD card but can fold in half to expose a USB 2.0 connection for quick connect to PCs. The card is High Speed 2.0 making it an ideal card for digital cameras, camera phones, PDAs and digital video cameras. SanDisk is quoting a 9MB per second transfer rate (when stars are perfectly aligned) and read speeds of 10MB/sec. The Ultra II speed increases camera performance with quick writes to the flash memory. Expect the SanDisk Ultra II Plus card around June 06 and with a list price of $135USD.
Swissbit has taken the Swiss Army Knife USB drive that final step with MP3 capabilities. With the obvious of storage the USB s.beat is also a voice recorder, FM radio and MP3 player. The s.beat is featured with a multifunctional, highly sensitive remote control. S.beat includes two earphone jacks and auto recharges when plugged into a [powered] USB port. 3 line LCD display and 15 radio channel preset. Just to cover all bases the s.beat is available with or without the Swiss tools which makes it a great airline travel companion.
SmartDisk introduces their PhotoBank storage device geared specifically towards off loading images from your camera directly to storage. Photobank accepts your flash memory card and via a LCD display and touchpad you can offload or back-up 40GB worth of pictures – that’s roughly 40,000 photos (800kb per pic). PhotoBank also has a USB connection for direct to PC connection. GetUSB did not obtain the list of flash cards it will accept, but we’re thinking the big 8, at least. Product will begin shipping mid March with a retail price of $179US.
Microsoft is promoting their Windows Licensing tools via USB flash drive. Fill out a simple form to receive your free flash drive. The drive will arrive full of valuable information about licensing including, FAQs, product information, a license brief, transfer of license information and additional resources. Click image to begin the request/form. It’s only while supplies last.
Well, they didn’t issue a flash drive despite their promotion, this is what we received instead:
Integral Memory is now selling their water tight Splash USB drive, a smart choice for kids transfering files from home to school. It’s water resistent (not water proof) and comes in a variety of cool colors. Capacties range from 128MB to 2GB and each unit ships with security encryption software and zip compression software to make the most of your space. The Splash has a rubber sided case which Integral also claims to help make the drive shock resistent.
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Feb. 6 — Western Digital Corp. (NYSE:WDC) today announced that its WD Passport(TM) Portable USB Drives are now available with 120 GB capacity. WD Passport Portable USB Drives were recently named one of the “Ten Coolest Products” by USA Today Now: Personal Technology magazine (Nov. 2005). With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), WD Passport Portable USB Drives are easy to use anywhere — simply plug in and store.
Designed with sleek rounded corners and a textured, non-slip rugged protective case, WD Passport Portable USB Drives are outfitted with high-performance, low power-consuming, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio(TM) 2.5-inch EIDE hard drives, as well as Data Lifeguard(TM) protection, to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. The ease-of-use and elegant design of WD Passport Portable USB Drives have garnered numerous accolades from media worldwide including: “Best Product” from ComputerBild magazine Germany; “One of the ten coolest gadgets” according to Cosmopolitan magazine Spain; and “Best Buy” from Computershopper in the UK.
Here we go again, another claim for the smallest flash drive on the market. This time it’s from Elecom with a 4GB flash drive sized at just 68Ã—30×13 mm – just larger then a quarter and weighing in at only 44g (0.09lbs). Be sure not to have a hole in your pocket – wonder if it’s got Lojack.
With computers, handhelds, PDAs and peripherals getting smaller and the file sizes they produce getting bigger, Crucial Memory is promoting their high quality, low priced flash memory and USB thumb drives through a click to win promotion. Here at GetUSBinfo, we’ve used the Crucial website and order processing several times for quick, reliable service. Crucial also provides a very user friendly and intuitive memory questionnaire to insure each visitor gets the exact memory they need for which ever device they are upgrading. We give them an A+. Good luck with the contest.
Well it’s not exactly a rubber hard drive, but the enclosure has a squared pattern made of rubber in either blue or pink. LaCie teamed with a leading designer, Karim Rashid, to create this 3.3 inch storage drive called Skwarim. Capacity ranges from 30GB (pink) to 60GB (blue) and $149/$199 respectively. LaCie’s Senior Product Manager, Olivier Mirloup, saw a market for designer styled storage devices for those looking to stylize their techy look. No word on whether the blue or pink will be the only colors offered moving forward. We wonder if the rubber ads any durability to the HHD – probably not.
Aladin Knowledge Systems launched the eToken which doubles as an authentication device. The eToken provides convenience to users by allowing them to possess their personal data and other information required to open the contents of the system.
The collaboration between SanDisk and Safend ensures that data stored on corporate laptops and desktop PCs can be securely transferred to SanDisk TrustedFlash(TM) devices. TrustedFlash is a highly secure technology being built into SanDisk mobile flash memory cards and USB flash drives. It combines SanDisk’s 32-bit controller architecture with an embedded high-performance cryptographic engine provided by Safend, providing real-time encryption and tamper-resistant data protection. As a secure platform that is transparent to the consumer, TrustedFlash is ideal for safeguarding information and supporting secure value-added applications.