Sanyo Japan has today announced its IDS-M1 portable storage device. This unit is capable of transferring the contents of Compact Flash (Type I or II) or SmartMedia cards onto 730 MB iD Magneto-Optical storage discs (or visa versa). It has both USB (1.1) and Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity for computer transfer of data. Expected price is 55,000 YEN (approx. $500) and it should be available on October 19th (Japan).

Sanyo iDstorage IDS-M1 specifications

Recording media 730 MB iD PHOTO disk
Card slots Compact Flash (Type I or II - Microdrive supported)
File system compatibility DCF compatible file system (digital camera standard)
Buffer 6 MB
Connectivity USB 1.1
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
Power 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
AC adapter (supplied)
Bus power Only IEEE 1394 with a 6-pin host
Included accessories CD-ROM, USB cable, AC adapter, iD PHOTO disk, 4 x AA batteries, case, card slot cap, manual
O/S support Windows Me, Windows 98 SE, Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.0.4
Dimensions 155 x 30 x 79 mm
Weight 260 g
Availability October 19th (Japan)
Price 55,000 YEN (approx. US$ 500)