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I-O Data's 512MB Secure Digital card. Courtesy of I-O Data Device Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. I-O Data announces 256, 512MB SD cards!
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(Monday, July 8, 2002 - 15:24 EDT)

Secure Digital format extended to a new capacity high by the Japanese manufacturer...

I-O Data Device Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of computer peripherals, flash memory cards and the suchlike, has today announced its new 256MB and 512MB-capacity Secure Digital flash cards. The company suggests a theoretical transfer speed of 10MB/second for the cards, which have the same postage-stamp sized form-factor as a MultiMediaCard but incorporate copyright protection software designed to prevent unauthorised copying of music for use in portable MP3 players.

Brief specs for the new cards are as follows:

Model Number PCSD-512MS PCSD256MS
  I-O Data's 512MB Secure Digital card. Courtesy of I-O Data Device Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! I-O Data's 256MB Secure Digital card. Courtesy of I-O Data Device Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Capacity 512MB 256MB
Power Consumption 100mA (max.)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40°C
Operating Humidity 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
Dimensions 24.0 (W) x 32.0 (D) x 2.1 (H) mm
Weight Approx. 2 g
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The cards come with a three-year warranty in Japan, and will ship in that country in the middle of this month. Pricing has not yet been announced, nor has availability in other markets...

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