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128MB CompactFlash Card from Pretec

By dpreview staff on Aug 24, 1999 at 04:00 GMT

Business Wire:

Pretec Electronics Corporation, the creator of Compact I/O (tm) card, will be demonstrating the 128MB CompactFlash(tm) (CF+) card, the highest capacity CF+ card available in the world today, at Pretec booth (Booth No. E-2, Stand C16, Hall 9) here in CeBIT.

Previous world record of the highest capacity CF+ card (80MB), also developed and manufactured exclusively by Pretec, is available now in production quantity to OEM customers at $200 each. Production of 128MB CF+ card is scheduled in April, and 320MB card will be sampling by 2nd half of 1999.

Pretec's high speed CF+ card is fully compliant with CompactFlash(tm) Type II specification, and is compatible with IBM's microdrive -- the smallest hard disk in the world (www.ibm.com/storage/microdrive). Based on the state-of-the-art 0.25um process technology, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 256M/512M bit AND-gate architecture flash memory chips from Hitachi, and Pretec's proprietary controller, circuit design and packaging technology, Pretec breaks its own record again by offering the highest capacity card in the world.

By adding a CF+ adapter (a patented high quality and low cost design which is also available from Pretec), this CF+ card replaces today's ATA Flash PC card in many applications. Ranging from 2MB to 320MB, Pretec's CF+ card not only well suits the applications running on digital cameras, audio recorders, Windows CE Palm-sized PC, Handheld PC, AutoPC, industrial control, etc., but may also be the perfect storage solution to a variety of new applications such as digital video and MP3 audio.

As the only manufacturer in the world to mass produce CF+ cards, Pretec also provides its OEM customers with component tooling and materials such as frame kits, ground clips, panels, connectors, cables, and assembly/subcontracting/turn-key services. Other than CF+ flash memory card, Pretec offers CF+ I/O cards such as Fax/Modem, Ethernet LAN, Serial, Parallel, and IrDA cards, which were demonstrated at Comdex 1998 in Las Vegas. With an optional CF+ adapter, all these cards become full-fledged Type II PC cards, to be used in millions of notebook computers equipped with PC card slots.

Phils note: Looks interesting, it's not clear from this article whether the CF card is only CF type II (as in thicker than normal CF cards) or is "compatible" with that standard, I'll try to clarify that detail.

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