Sony has won support from a further 19 companies to license its digital data storage device, Memory Stick.
The electronics giant said at Cebit that these companies are in the final stages of working through a definitive agreement to license the Memory Stick hardware/software specifications.
Memory Stick is a recording device smaller than a stick of chewing gum. It incorporates rewritable flash memory technology and is available in storage capacities of 4Mb to 64Mb. Sony is working on a 256Mb version which will be available next year.
Forty six companies will now be able to manufacture Memory Stick-compliant products ranging from digital cameras, digital video recorders and MP3 players to in-car entertainment.
Adobe, Hitachi, Sanyo Electric, Seiko Epson, Western Digital, Palm Computing, Opel, Saab, Vauxhall and Volkswagen are among the companies supporting the technology.
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