The "world's smallest Zip drive" will ship next month, providing notebook computers with 100Mbytes of capacity in a device measuring seven by four inches.
The product incorporates the Zip technology owned by Iomega but is manufactured by US storage maker Addonics. It will ship in April through retail channels, priced at about #200.
One reason why the Pocket Zip is so compact is that it does not need an outside power source, but draws on the notebook battery's own power. It plugs into the standard PC Card slot in the notebook computer.
But Addonics has launched its product just as Zip technology - which has so far enjoyed massive success in ousting floppy drives from notebook storage - has run into perception problems. Recently there have been reports that Iomega's full size Zips have been experiencing high rates of failure because of the so-called 'click of death' problem.
But Iomega reiterated today that the problem affected "less than one per cent of drives" and had largely been fixed.
As well as the Iomega Zip drive, the Pocket Zip includes an Addonics case, software, power supply and voice recording system for up to 10 hours of audio data per cartridge.
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