Calluna Technology has announced a 1Gb PCMCIA disk-drive card for laptops and portable devices which, it claims, is the largest capacity currently available in PC Card format.
The 1,040Mb Callunacard has a standard Type III PCMCIA credit card-sized footprint but is 10.5mm thick to house the 1.5in drive mechanism. The card has been launched to satisfy the demand for higher storage capacities being driven by the growing number of mobile devices, such as notebook and handheld computers, industrial computing devices and digital cameras, that carry a PC Card connector.
According to Calluna, the card is already attracting considerable interest from OEMs in the PC and telecommunications worlds. Part of this attraction is the compact size of the drive when compared to existing 2.5in hard drives in PC Card format, but other benefits that the company highlights are its lower weight and power consumption which will allow the OEMs to offer more features within their digital products.
For existing devices that already have a hard disk fitted, the card can be used as a handy, removable, data backup medium which offers higher speeds than traditional tape backup devices. The PC Card technology also means that configuration will be easier than the alternative of connecting cables and setting up software.
Another application for the cards is the opportunity for users to store applications that they rarely use, or ones that are memory-hungry, in a ready-to-run form on the card, saving space on the main disk or RAM memory for mission-critical software and data.
In the growing PC imaging market, digital cameras will have access to a larger storage capacity. Using the Calluna-card, digital camcorders could increase their current limit of around 40 minutes of recording time, using MPEG-1 compression, to 80 minutes.
The Callunacard costs #439 and is available now from resellers and retailers.
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