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Lexar U-Da-Man (UDMA) Card Reader

Okay, so UDMA is not U-Da-MAn but the new Lexar card reader is cool enough looking to make them “the man.” The new UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) is a pop-top design which upon clicking the top cover (say on the Lexar logo) the card reader slots pop up for flash memory access.
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The Lexar card reader connects to your PC via mini-to-full-size USB cable. The device readers either CompactFlash compatible or SDHC compatible SD cards. So just to bring everyone up-to-speed: What is UDMA technology?: Continue Reading

Review: Eye-Fi Wireless Flash Memory Card

GetFlashMemory posted an article the other day about the world’s first wireless memory card. I was very excited to hear about this technology and recently found a review of the Eye-Fi product.
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This is what folks had to say: Crunch Gear said:
All-in-all, this is a solid device. It is comparable to any 2GB SD card on the market but it gives you the ability to upload your pictures in a much cooler fashion. And if you can’t wait, if you plug a loaded card into the USB reader, it will automatically upload your pictures to your photo service via USB. Yay, all-around convenience – Blake Robinson
Engadget said:
So basically Eye-Fi takes a step forward by cutting out the middleman (in this case, a USB cable to your camera, or a media reader for your vanilla SD card), but two steps back in making the assumption that you want all of the tens (or hundreds) of megs of photos on the card uploaded in full res using your camera’s batteries, and yet don’t need said photos in your photo app, not just some folder – Ryan Block
SlashGear said:
wireless networks are set up using the Eye-Fi website, not through any sort of interface on your camera itself, and you’re limited to secured WiFi hook-ups rather than being able to take advantage of any open cloud you might pass through. Even with 802.11g, transfers of large resolution images could – and do – take a long time, and given that there’s no ability to select which to keep and which to throw (unless you delete them prior to connecting) it could be a frustrating experience – Chris Davies
Putting it all together I am glad to see this technology come to market and appears to be an appreciated process for downloading those oh-so-valuable photos. Source: SlashGear Continue Reading

World’s First Wireless Memory Card

Eye-Fi is the world’s first wireless memory card. This means the flash memory not only stores data but has the ability to transmit the data via WiFi to another host system.
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“Digital cameras have made it extremely easy to take pictures, but the rest of the process is a hassle,” said Jef Holove, chief executive officer of Eye-Fi. “The Eye-Fi Card removes the barriers and lets users get to the fun part of sharing and printing their memories. We’re putting the magic back into photography.”
Eye-Fi uses home wireless networks for picture and data download to home PCs and laptops. Simply turn on the camera or device and begin transferring data. Eye-Fi’s patent-pending technology works with Wi-Fi networks to automatically send photos from a digital camera to online platforms, in-home and retail destinations Visit Eye-Fi Update:  Reviews of Eye-Fi wireless memory card. Continue Reading

Open Source Linux Phone by Trolltech

So we did flips for the open source Neo1973, now we’ve got a simplified software platform. Trolltech has introduced the Qtopia Phone Edition for the Neo1973.
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The Qtopia Phone Edition is fully accessible under the open source GPL verison 2 license and supports the Greenphone reference platform for mobile development. Up until now, Qtopia has been ported onto 90 different devices, including 25 phones. There are over 9 million Qtopia-based handsets in the market that also includes mobile devices from Motorola, ZTE and Cellon. Source: TechGadgets photo via Flickr Continue Reading

Subpoenas Being Handed Down for Flash Memory Price Fixing

Toshiba, like SanDisk, found a grand jury subpoena in their mail late last week. The allegations are related to flash memory NAND price fixing. The probe comes from the highest level and considering the purchase of M-Systems by SanDisk along with the other big hitter of flash memory makers is Samsung, it’s very possible flash memory price fixing could have taken place.
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Toshiba claims no wrong doing, but the filing implicates 23 other companies, who most likely source their NAND flash memory from SanDisk or Samsung, in the allegations. At this time, the officials from Samsung were not available for comment. Source: Ziff Davis News Continue Reading

A Proportionate SD Card

Gizmodo did a fun little pictorial about relative size of a SDHC card last week. This is what the new Toshiba 32GB SDHC card looks like when compared to the more common 1GB SDHC card. Good thing technology doesn’t work this way. I’d have one hell of a big cell phone just to accommodate more memory – then again, I don’t think I’ll need 32GB of data on my phone anytime soon.
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Source: Gizmodo Continue Reading

Solid State HHD Sooner Than Later

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Several days ago two leaders in memory manufacturing announced a partnership in development of solid state memory hard drives. PQI (Power Quotient Int’l) and TDK will be holding hands all the way to the bank. The new company will
focus on storage solutions for industrial and commercial use PCs/Systems. Its initial capital is for PQI 40% and TDK 60%.
The specific terms of the agreement are confidential. As long-term partners, TDK and PQI have always provided excellent and quality industrial solutions to customers around the globe. To further strengthen this relationship, TDK seeks to comprehend their patented technologies as their competitive advantages. PQI, on the other hand, will utilize their industrial storage research & development with their channel and sales capabilities to expand SSD from industrial to commercial use. Continue Reading

8GB IDE Flash Memory Module

Strip away the USB connector, slap on some plastic with IDE pins and create yourself an 8GB IDE flash drive.
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This configuration makes for some additional storage for embedded systems, medical instruments and crazy mods. Having the memory module connect via IDE is not new, but Transcend is now offering the largest size at 8GBs. Sizes trail off to 32MB. I can’t find 32MB USB flash drives so not clear on why such a small IDE flash module. Don’t the manufacturers use the same size silicon and limit the size via hard-coated code anyway. Continue Reading

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