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)
Hitachi's new flash memory cards
|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".