CompactFlash

TDK firms up Industrial Grade UDMA-6 CF and SSD

Growing up, I remember the household name TDK as the brand of choice in magnetic recording media, whether it is industrial or consumer grade line of product. That hasn’t changed when it comes to optical recording media such as Blu-ray, Dvd or Cd disk. The company looks to firm up it’s position in the uprising flash-based memory storage with the introduction of industrial grade, UDMA-6 compatible CFG8A series CompactFlash cards and SDG8A series of PATA SSD.

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Duracell to make flash memory products

Duracell to make flash memory products

Duracell, the world-renowned copper-top battery brand, are moving in a new direction. In fact, they have decided to step into the world of flash memory with SD, microSD, USB drives and Compactflash cards in an effort to expand the brand.  

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Sony SLDR A900 has the highest in-camera write speed

With the variety of flash-based media cards in the market, how could you tell which works the best on your high speed Digital camera? Does the lightening fast Sandisk Ducati or Extreme IV series CompactFlash warrant the premium price for your DSLR? Rob Galbraith has the answer for you; they’ve been testing in camera writing speed in both Jpeg and Raw format on numbers of popular Digital SLR for ages. Their latest updates are Nikon D90, Canon EOS 50D and Sony A900; and the latter tops 35MB/S write speed with Sandisk Ducati CompactFlash.

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Pretec World’s Largest 100GB CF and World’s Fastest 50GB CF

Pretec World’s Largest 100GB CF and World’s Fastest 50GB CF

Pretec have broken their own CompactFlash record, with the introduction of the highest capacity and fastest CF cards in the world.  The capacity medal is taken by the 100GB 233X card which, along with a 64GB version, replaces the 48GB 233X CF previously Pretec's flagship.  Meanwhile the speed record is held by the 333X 32GB and 50GB CF cards, capable of read/write speeds up to 50 MB per second.

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Lexar, adds 16GB to Platinum II line of CompactFlash and SDHC

Newly announced is Lexar’s value line of Platinum II CompactFlash and SDHC format memory cards. The company has doubled up both storage cards to 16GB with Platinum II 60x 16GB SDHC and Platinium II 80x 16GB CF. The 60x rated SDHC is capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second, while the 80x rated CF card boosts the sustained write speed of 12MB per second. The cards will be available later this month and pricing information to be announced. It will include a full version of Lexar Image Rescue 3 recovery software and a six-month trial version of Corel Painter Essentials 4.

Sandisk Extreme III gets update with twice the capacity, 32GB at 30MB/S

If you take ultra high resolution digital still or motion cameras needs extra storage space, you might be thrilled to hear that Sandisk has doubled up its popular line of Extreme III CompactFlash card to a whooping 32GB, and still maintained a fast read and write speed of 30MB/S.

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New Lexar 300x 16GB CompactFlash bursts 45m/s with UDMA interface

There was a time when I opted for smaller capacity CompactFlash cards, the rationale was based on putting all one’s eggs in one basket. But with the rapid grow in Digital SLR high resolution sensor like the Sony 25mp A900 and Canon 21.1Mp 1Ds mark III, user is left with little choice but tuning into a high capacity, professional-level performance and reliability Compact Flash storage like the Lexar 16GB ultra-fast UDMA 300x CF.

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Fujitsu U2010 CF mod: lower-cost Solid-State speed boost

The Fujitsu U2010 has only been available in Asia since earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped owners modifying the 5.6-inch convertible UMPC.  Although Fujitsu sell versions of the U2010 (which will be known as the U820 in the US) with a 64GB SSD, it’s an expensive option above the standard 60GB HDD; UMPC Fever forum member datamate decided to take a different approach, using a 16GB Compact Flash card with a ZIF adaptor.

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Nerivian CardReader Pro for PowerMac and MacPro desktops

Nerivian CardReader Pro for PowerMac and MacPro desktops

Nervian has announced a new CardReader specifically made for PowerMac G5/ Mac Pro desktops. The new card readers fit under the front handle of your tower and have a style to match your tower.

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Fujifilm 310x CompactFlash is world’s fastest memory card

Another day, another “World’s fastest”; this time it’s the turn of Fuji, who are frothing with excitement over their new CompactFlash card.  The 310x version offers pro-photographers (because it’s most likely they who will take advantage of such things) the fastest sustained write speed of any memory card currently available.  Requiring a UDMA compatible digital SLR or camcorder, the new card boasts a write speed of 46.5MB/sec.

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Make your own SSD drive

I’ve been tempted to use a solid state drive for the primary disk for my desktop. Of course I only need to look at the current prices in order to come to my senses. Sure, you could pick up a CompactFlash to IDE converter for next to nothing, but a decent sized CF card will still set you back a nice chunk. But what if you could combine two such cards to create one drive?

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USB card reader also has digital clock and thermometer

So the front of this card reader, when closed, shows just the display for the digital clock, the back holds the analog thermometer. Then you slide it open for access to the card reader slots, clock controls, and presumably the USB port for connecting it to your PC.

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