Dane-Elec, the European manufacturer and distributor of memory modules, has announced a 192Mb CompactFlash card. The product, the largest available, is designed for digital cameras, personal digital assistants and MP3 players.
Based on the new 256Mbit chip from Hitachi, the type one card reduces power consumption from five to 3.3 volts, uploads at 800Kbps and downloads to hard drives at 8Mbps, according to the company.
Jonathan Heasman, flash product manager at Dane-Elec, said: "We have a close relationship with Hitachi. It allows us to bring our products to the market very quickly."
Aiming at the professional market, Dane-Elec will also produce the card in 8, 16, 32, 48, 64, 96 and 128Mb sizes. The 192Mb model costs about £345.
Hitachi has also revealed that it is working on a 512Mb chip likely to be available towards the end of the year. The firm has not given details but a 384Mb flash card is expected to be the next step.
The vendor is also developing a Multimedia card the size of a stamp for use in mobile phones. Available in 8, 16, 32 and 64Mb sizes, the cards are set to ship in the third quarter of 2000 with a 128Mb card planned for the end of the year.
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