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Pretec 4GB 133x SD card

By dpreview staff on Jul 28, 2005 at 11:25 GMT

Pretec has announced the first 4GB SD in the world. The card is the newest addition of its high speed line of 133X SD cards, which are available in capacities ranging from 256MB to 4GB. It is also the fastest card, with access speeds of up to 20MB/s. It will be available next month priced $699 (approx. €578). The company also announces the availability of 2GB MMC 4.x card (MMC Plus) today. Pretec has slashed the price of its 12GB CompactFlash card by half price, from $9999 to $4999 (approx. €4136).

Press Release:

PRETEC Introduces 4GB SD Card, e-Disk II, And Reduces Price for 12GB CF Card

Fremont, California, July 27, 2005 –– Pretec Electronics Corp., the inventor of iDisk Tiny and CU-Flash, the smallest USB flash Drive in the world since 2003, has released 4GB SD card today, the largest capacity of SD card in the world.

Pretec 4GB SD card is the newest addition of its high speed line of 133X SD card, from 256MB to 4GB, with access speed up to 20MB/s, the fastest SD card in the world so far conform to SD 1.1 specification. Constructed with 65 nano-meter 16Gb SLC NAND technology, which is typically one order of magnitude better reliability and 200%-500% faster than MLC NAND. Pretec 133X 4GB SD card is available now for customer sampling with unit price of $699 each, mass production is scheduled by next month.

Pretec also announces the availability of 2GB MMC 4.x card (MMC Plus) today. With 8-bit data bus and 52MHz clock rate, MMC 4.x card can be 400% faster than today’s SD card commonly available in the market, or 200% faster than the latest SD 1.1 specification. Effective immediately Pretec 12GB CF card pricing is reduced from $9999 to $4999. Made by flash memory devices yet larger capacity than most small form factor hard disk drive such as Microdrive, Pretec 12GB CF flash memory card is 300% larger capacity than its closest competitors in the market.

Although SD 1.1 specification and MMC 4.x are new in today’s market, most consumer and IA devices are being designed-in now, so end users will soon see the benefit of using Pretec high speed SD 1.1 or MMC 4.x cards which are backward compatible with older digital cameras, mobile phones or other IA devices operating with SD 1.0 or MMC 3.x specifications.

Pretec introduces also today e-Disk II, the 1st such bridging device in the world, an expandable USB flash disk by bundling SD/MMC cards which supports both SD 1.1 and MMC 4.x. Other than a flexible capacity USB Flash drive up to 4GB, users can adopt e-Disk II as a low cost and very high speed USB SD/MMC card reader to transfer data between computers and IA devices.

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