Viking Components, manufacturer of memory, storage and miniture I/O devices have today announced the addition of MultiMediaCards (flash storage cards about half the size of SmartMedia) to their product range. Pre-empting the requirement for MultiMediaCards Viking will be initially producing 16, 32 and 64 MB MMC cards.

Full press release:

Viking Adds MultiMediaCards to Extensive Flash Memory Line

Viking Soon to Ship World's Smallest, Removable Flash Memory Cards

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2001-- Viking Components Inc., one of the world's largest and fastest-growing manufacturers of OEM and upgrade component technology, Thursday announced the introduction of MultiMediaCards (MMC) to its extensive line of flash memory products.

Viking's industry-standard MMC cards are among the smallest removable solid-state memory solutions in the world. The size of a postage stamp and weighing less than two grams, Viking MMC cards are rugged, reliable and easily transportable, making them the perfect storage solution for mobile applications such as mobile phones, pagers, PDAs, laptops, global positioning systems, as well as MP3 players and digital video cameras.

"There is an increasing number of compact electronic devices, including the new Compaq iPaq Personal Audio Player PA-1, that rely on MMC cards because of their extremely small form factor and rugged design,'' said Laura Bonomo, Viking product manager.

"According to Semico Research, MultiMediaCard unit shipments will continue to increase and will more than double in 2001. As a leading supplier of flash memory products, Viking is committed to supporting the memory needs of this mobile market.''

Viking's large line of flash memory includes CompactFlash(TM) cards in capacities up to 256 MB, SmartMedia(TM) in capacities up to 64 MB, PC Cards in capacities up to 1.5 GB, as well as the IntelliFlash(TM) USB flash memory readers/writers supporting the CompactFlash, SmartMedia, PC Card and Sony® Memory Stick® technologies.

Product Information

Viking MMC cards conform to the specifications set by the MultiMediaCard Association and operate on low power to extend the battery life of mobile devices. Viking 16 MB and 32 MB MMC cards will be available in January from resellers nationwide. A 64 MB card is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2001. Viking MMC capacities and part numbers are as follows:

Part Number - Capacity

MMC16M - 16MB
MMC32M - 32MB
MMC64M - 64MB (pre-sale)

For more information on MultiMediaCard hop over to the MultiMediaCard Association.