SanDisk has announced three new card readers; the ImageMate 12-in-1, ImageMate 5-in-1 and the ImageMate CompactFlash. Each new reader has a one-touch transfer button and software for simplifying common tasks such as renaming and emailing files. All devices come bundled with image cataloguing program Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 Starter Edition.

Press Release:

SanDisk introduces three new memory card readers— transfer photos, video, music and data quickly and easily

Multi-Card Readers Support Wide Range of Card Formats; Feature Transfer Button To Automatically Move Photos To Your Computer

COLOGNE, GERMANY , Sep. 29, 2004 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced three high-speed card readers, the SanDisk ImageMate â 12-in-1, ImageMate 5-in-1 and ImageMate CompactFlash â (CF) readers. Ideal for owners of digital cameras and other consumer electronics devices, each new reader includes a one-step transfer button and software for the PC to simplify the most common tasks that people want to do with their photos—transfer them to the hard drive, rename files and email them. The ImageMate readers are designed to quickly transfer pictures, digital video, music or any type of data to a computer via a high-speed USB 2.0 port.

For easier image organizing, sharing and viewing, each reader is bundled with Adobe â Photoshop â Album 2.0 Starter Edition software. SanDisk announced the new line of ImageMate card readers at Photokina where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 1.2, aisle A, Booth #059.  

Matthijs Hutten, product marketing manager at SanDisk, said, “Most consumers want to transfer their photos from the storage card in their digital camera to the computer. We believe the transfer button on these new readers is one of the easiest ways to do this and is much more versatile and cost effective than purchasing a separate docking station for the camera.”

ImageMate 12-in-1 Reader

For maximum versatility, the 12-in-1 reader supports virtually every memory card format currently available with no additional adapters required. In addition, multiple cards can be inserted simultaneously for card-to-card data transfers. It comes with a docking station that is convenient for desktop owners who also want to use the ImageMate with their portable computers. For travel, the multi-card reader can be removed from its docking station and used with a short cable included with the reader/writer that allows for easy plug-in to the USB port of portable computers.

The new reader can also be removed from its docking station for lightweight travel. Suggested retail price is $34.99.

ImageMate 5-in-1 Reader

For more format options than a single card reader, the 5-in-1 reader easily transfers files to and from multiple memory card formats. Suggested retail price is $19.99.

CompactFlash Reader

The single card reader easily transfers files to and from CompactFlash Type I and II cards. Suggested retail price is $19.99.

Compatibility

Card Type*
ImageMate CF
5-in-1
12-in-1
CompactFlash type I
X
X
CompactFlash type II
X
X
miniSD  
X
SD  
X
X
MMC  
X
X
RS-MMC  
X
Memory Stick  
X
X
Memory Stick Pro  
X
X
Memory Stick Duo  
X
Memory Stick PRO Duo  
X
SmartMedia  
X
xD-Picture Card  
X
X

* Native support (No additional card adapters required)

The new readers will be available from October 2004 at many of the 80,000 stores worldwide that carry SanDisk products.

All SanDisk ImageMate readers are true “plug and play” due to USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliance when used with Windows ME, Windows 2000 (SP3+), Windows XP and Mac OS 10.1.2+. The readers are fully compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9.2+, Mac OS X v10.1.2+.