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Delkin's logo. Click here to visit the Delkin website! Delkin shipping 128MB SmartMedia!
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(Monday, February 19, 2001 - 23:02 EST)

An email from Delkin Devices tells us that they're now shipping 128MB SmartMedia cards in the US market...

Original Source Press Release:

SmartMedia just got smarter!

Delkin Devices starts shipping the 128MB eFilm SmartMedia card.

PMA 2001, February 12, 2001 — Delkin Devices, the leading innovator of eFilmä flash memory upgrades and memory related products, today unveiled their new 128MB SmartMedia memory card. With first shipments beginning January 31, 2001, Delkin Devices, Inc. has followed through on their promise to be one of the first to deliver these SmartMedia cards to retail channels & OEM manufacturers looking to bundle the 128MB card with their products. Nearly 48% of the digital cameras currently support SmartMedia memory, some of which are 3.3 megapixels or higher. The 128MB eFilm card will greatly expand the number of pictures stored on a single card, reducing the need to change eFilm in the middle of photo shoots or download images to a computer during vacations. Users of MP3 players will also benefit from this cutting-edge technology because of the card’s ability to record and play twice as many songs. A single 128MB SmartMedia card can store approximately 32 MP3 formatted songs (MP3 files tested were 3 min in length– 4MB each).

The new 128MB SmartMedia card still remains the same physical size (45mm x 37mm x .76mm thick) as previous 3.3v SmartMedia cards, yet stores two additional flash memory chips. “To increase the capacity of the SmartMedia card to 128MB without increasing the size, engineers needed to redesign the layout of the PCB board to hold a total of four 256Mbit NAND flash memory chips. Together, these 256Mbit chips would act as a 1Gbit chip,” said Arthur Blanck, Chief Technical Officer, Delkin Devices. “Utilizing the latest 0.18-micron design technology, engineers were able to shrink the die enough to fit all four chips inside the 0.76mm plastic card base,” continues Mr. Blanck. “Consequently, Delkin can offer a higher density SmartMedia card more quickly and cost effective per bit, without waiting until Quarter 4, 2001 for the 1Gbit chips to hit the marketplace.”

Doubling the industry’s current capacity ceiling of 64MB, Delkin’s 128MB SmartMedia offers digital photographers the ability to always shoot in hi-res mode; a benefit previously only enjoyed by CompactFlash consumers. This higher capacity is ideal for professional digital cameras like FujiFilm’s FinePix S1 Pro SLR and Olympus’s Camedia E-10 with a 4.0 megapixel resolution. Other SmartMedia applications like the Diamond Rio 500 MP3 player will support the 128MB SmartMedia card with a firmware update. Please consult with the device’s manufacturer for more details about memory card compatibility.

Engineers tested the new 128MB eFilm SmartMedia card with the FujiFilm Finepix S1 Pro digital camera. This 6.1 megapixel (max) digital camera has a resolution of 3040 x 2016. The test results indicate that 264 pictures could be stored with Basic JPEG mode, 110 at a Normal JPEG resolution, 52 images in Fine JPEG, 10 pictures in TIFF-YC, and 6 images in TIFF-RGB recording mode. For a complete list of digital cameras, handheld PC’s, and music players that use Delkin’s memory cards, please call 1-800-637-8087 and ask for the eFilm Cross Reference Guide, or log onto www.delkin.com.

Delkin Devices also carries a line of eFilm Readers and adapters for transferring images from a SmartMedia card to computer in a flash. Delkin guarantees its eFilm Readers and adapters are 100% compatible with all SmartMedia including the 128MB card. Recently released was the new eFilm Pocket Reader for SmartMedia cards. This miniature sized reader/writer is equipped with a USB connector built directly into the back for easy access with a laptop or desktop’s front USB port, without the need for cumbersome cables. Delkin’s FlashPath™ adapter, a floppy disk adapter for accessing SmartMedia through a 3.5” disk drive, also supports the new 128MB SmartMedia card. For up-to-date FlashPath drivers, please visit www.delkin.com.

Delkin’s eFilmä line of digital camera memory upgrades includes CompactFlash™ from 4MB up to 256MB and CF Type II up to 448MB. In addition, Delkin offers the IBM Microdrive up to 1GB, SmartMedia from 8MB to 128MB, plus PC Cards & MultiMediaCards. The eFilmä line also includes readers, adapters, and digital camera accessory kits all to help empower the digital camera user to be more effective.

Delkin Devices has been manufacturing memory upgrades and memory related products for 15 years in San Diego, CA. Delkin’s main focus is making memory technology products for OEM’s on a private label, contract basis. Delkin first entered the flash memory market six years ago, and has focused on digital imaging and audio products with our eFilmä line of upgrades for the last five years. Delkin is a member of the JEDEC, PCMCIA and CompactFlashä Associations.

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