Just when you thought your Microdrive was big. Hitachi Japan announce three CF Type II cards of capacity 448MB, 320MB and 256MB and a 1GB PCMCIA ATA Type II, all of these new devices use 512 or 256 Mbit flash memory and are capable of up to 2MB/second. Prices not yet announced and I'm sure they won't yet be able to get down to the low $/MB of the Microdrive but for those people with reservations about mini-harddisks this will be encouraging news. (It's likely these cards will be sold OEM badged)

Click here for Hitachi Japan press release

Hitachi's new flash memory cards

Product Capacity Write speed Format Dimensions
HB288448E5 448 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB288320E5 320 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB288256E5 256 MB <= 2MB/s CF Type II 42.8 x 36.4 x 5 mm
HB2881000A5 1 GB <= 2MB/s PCMCIA Type II 54 x 85.6 x 5 mm

Note: All these drives are solid state flash RAM drives they aren't mini harddisks like IBM's "MicroDrive".