Microtech today announced their miniture ZiO! line of USB media readers, there will be three different ZiO! models capable of reading/writing CF Type I/II, SmartMedia and MultiMedia/SD. With no cables or batteries the ZiO! simply plugs straight into a USB socket for access to particular media cards. Fully compatible with Windows 98, 2000 and Mac OS 8.5 and above.

ZiO! for Compact Flash
(Type I & II)
ZiO! for SmartMedia ZiO! for MultiMedia SD

Microtech press release:


NORTH BRANFORD, CT - June 27, 2000 -- Microtech International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions for digital devices, today introduced its latest creation, ZiO! , a miniaturized line of USB-equipped reader/writer devices for CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and MultiMedia /Secure Digital memory cards.

Unlike any other product available today, the ZiO! offers high-speed transfer of data between digital cameras, Pocket PCs, cell phones, voice recorders, and portable MP3 players, and PC or Mac computers, without the need for cumbersome cables. In addition, the ZiO! does not require the use of batteries or external power adapters to operate, instead drawing its power directly from the host device. ZiO! also helps save the precious battery life of your portable digital appliance, conserving power for more digital pictures or music.

The amazingly small ZiO! answers the market’s demand for low cost connectivity, while providing options for various media types.

The MultiMedia Card version of ZiO! is about the size of a typical automobile remote key and weighs less than 1 ounce. It is fully compatible with Windows 98 and 2000, as well as Mac OS 8.5 and above.

The Compact Flash version of ZiO! accepts both CF Types I/II including the IBM Microdrive and will work with virtually all brands of industry-standard CompactFlash cards. It does not require proprietary cards to function.

A SmartMedia version of ZiO! compatible with all 3.3v Smartmedia cards is expected to be available later this year.

Take ZiO! with you and you’re ready to transfer music files, eBooks, digital pictures, and contact information wherever you go.

For more information see Microtech at PC Expo booth #808.