By Terry Currier
The 2004 CES (Consumer Electronic Show) ran January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Did I get to see everything there, no. Even going for three days, I could not see everything. At least I could not see and get information on everything. Here are some of the things I found interesting. This is my second part of a series. First thing to remember here is when USB 2.0 is mentioned the devices are backward compactable with 1.0, but just slower. For the most part the manufacturers state that the USB devices will work with Win98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, MAC OS 8.6 & higher, Linux 2.4.0 and higher. In this part there is information about storage (USB flash drives and external hard drives).
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The Arcdisk is a 20GB external hard drive for backing up. There is support for MP3 and WMA music formats. The ARCDisk is the world’s smallest and lightest 20-gigabyte external hard drive. It is smaller than a floppy disk and weighs 2.7 ounces. It uses USB 2.0 interface, and is also available in a 40GB drive.
The Freecom USBCard is a flash drive the size of a credit card, and not much thicker. It uses USB 2.0 with a transfer rate of 5 MB per second. It comes in 128, 256, 512 megabyte (MB), and 1 gigabyte (GB) capacity. There is a convenient push-out connector, and comes with password protection software. Marked as preliminary they have a designed USBCard Bluetooth. The one I liked the most, also marked preliminary (but I know they are coming out with it) is the Freecom FHD-xs. This is a external hard drive USB 2.0 powered. It is about the size of a floppy disk. There is a SYNC button for easy data synchronization. Then for the traditionalist they have the FHD2 Pro. It is a mobile external hard drive, USB 2.0 with 20, 40, and 80 GB sizes.
Fuji Photo Film announced the development of a patented, organic dye that will eventually allow DVD-R recording capabilities at speeds spanning 1X to 16X. The unique dye coating will ultimately make it possible to record the equivalent of a full-length, two-hour movie in less than five minutes. Additionally, this new dye coating can be used in the manufacture of a Blue-Violet LASER write-once optical disc, with recording capacity of 23.3 GB. Their upcoming 1 GB xD-Picture Card Flash Memory card, will be available in fall of 2004. The xD-Picture Card is comparable in size to a penny. Current capacity is from 16 MB to 512 Mb, with capacity expected to reach 8 GB on a single card in the near future. NANOCUBIC technology will deliver data cartridges and digital videotapes that can store one-terabyte native (uncompressed) and floppy disk capacities to three gigabytes.
Their USB digital drive is unique in that it is upgradeable. You buy the casing for $25. You then buy the memory for it, which is Secure Digital (SD). So if you find your 32MB card is not enough, just buy a 64, 128, 256, or up to 512MB SD card. Slide the old SD card out, put the larger one in and you are set. The unit has a pull out connection for easy insertion. It uses USB 1.0
Somewhat different IOGEAR combined 32MB of flash memory and a mouse. With a retractable cable to avoid tangles, it has 800 dpi resolution. Their 2.5” ION hard drive connects with USB 2.0 with sizes of 20, 30, 40, 60, and 80 gigabytes. Transfer rate is 480Mpbs.
Lexar Media www.lexarmedia.com
Think of a flash drive, super size it, and you come up with the JumpDrive 2.0 Pro. It is a USB 2.0 flash drive going up to 2 Gigabytes. The increased storage capacity of the is supported by a 40X speed rating. JumpDrive Traveler is a USB 2.0 flash drive that enables Internet browsing from Internet connected computers without leaving history or session information on the host computer. It allows users to access email, bookmarks and other personalized Web settings from PC computers. Additionally, the software provides file synchronization to quickly and easily update files. To do this it stores Internet activities, such as URL histories and cookies, onto the USB flash drive, and securely erases them from the hard drive of the host computer when the user exits the program.
They don’t really have a flash drive. What they do have are cases for you to put in digital media into. Their Keychain USB Reader/Writer lets you use some of the extra or old digital media, and turn that into a flash drive. You can use CompactFlash (CF) I & II, MicroDrive, xD-Picture card, SmartMedia, MemoryStick or MemoryStick Pro, or Secure Digital (SD).
ThumbDrive USB 2.0 is perfect for storing data, digital photos, video and MP3 files. It boasts a category-leading 8 MB per second data read speed that is up to 50 percent faster than competitor models. Available with 128MB, 256MB and 512MB of storage.
The Norcent 2.5” external hard drive connects via USB 2.0, with a transfer rate of 480Mbps. Sizes are 20, 40, and 60 gigabytes. Yes they have USB thumb drives with sizes being 64 to 256 megabytes. If you want something different take a look at the UP-1001 Ball Point pen USB drive. Interface is USB 2.0 data transfer rate of 480Mbps. Memory capacity is 64MB to 256MB. Now, really different is their Watch Drive – tells the time and stores your data at the same time. Shock Proof and Anti-static, USB 2.0, memory capacity is 32MB to 256MB, and comes with a LED status indicator.
SanDisk Corporation introduced a 512 MB and 1 GB version of the Cruzer™ Mini, an embedded USB 2.0 hi-speed "key chain" flash drive. The Cruzer™ Titanium is a USB 2.0 hi-speed flash drive with a write speed rating of 13 MB per second and a read speed of 15MB per second. The drive has a titanium-coated metal casing, and a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 512MB version. CruzerLock is a file encryption product that safeguards user-selected files or data from being accessed by others in case the device is lost or stolen. They also have a 2 GB SanDisk Memory Stick® PRO™, the highest capacity available in this card format.
Toshiba showed a 0.85-inch hard disk drive (HDD), the first drive to deliver multi-gigabyte storage in a sub-one-inch form factor. It was remarkable to see it in the display case. Expected to be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, Toshiba will start sampling the new drive in summer 2004, with mass production to begin in late 2004. Expected to boost the functionality of a new generation of products, including mobile phones, digital audio players, PDAs, digital still cameras, camcorders and external storage devices. Available now is 1.8-inch embedded hard disk drives in 20GB (single platter) and 40GB (dual platter) capacities.
Store 'n' Go USB Drive are USB 2.0 flash drives with sizes ranging from 32MB all the way up to 1GB capacity. Password security features protect your data from unauthorized access. Granted the CD/DVD disc are not terribly exciting, but I did think their Vinyl CD and movie DVD disc were cool looking.
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