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SCM announces new ZiO! reader, price cut! (UPDATED)|
(Friday, May 4, 2001 - 12:04 EDT)
Card reader line gets a price cut and a new model...
SCM Microsystems Inc. has today announced that it has added a new model to its line of ZiO! card readers. The new ZiO! supports Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard flash cards, which are used in Panasonic's iPalm digital camera and consumer devices such as MP3 players and the Palm m500 handheld organizer.
At the same time the company has announced a price-cut for the card readers, which are sold under its Microtech brand name. Previously sold at a recommended price of $39.99, the tiny card readers will now have a suggested retail price of $29.99.
The Microtech ZiO! card readers are about the size of a key fob, and feature USB connectivity. They can either be plugged directly into a USB port, or into a USB extender cable (not included) if your USB ports are not easily accessible. Versions are available for SmartMedia, CompactFlash (Type-II compatible with Microdrive), and Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard (SmartMedia version pictured above as we've not yet obtained a press photo for the new version).
The readers are USB Mass Storage Class compliant, meaning that on computers with Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Mac OS 9.x, no drivers will need to be installed to use them. On older operating systems, drivers are necessary (and included for Windows 98 and Mac OS 8.5+). Street prices for the readers, which are all available currently, seem to average around $20-25.
UPDATED 2001-05-16 16:12ET: We've now received a press photo from SCM Microsystems -
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|ZiO! Now SD Compliant|
ZiO! Pocket-Sized Digital Media Reader Accepts Secure Digital Memory Cards
Guilford, CT. -- May 4, 2001-SCM Microsystems (Nasdaq: SCMM, Neuer Markt: SMY), a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, today announced its Microtech brand ZiO! pocket-sized USB digital film reader is now Secure Digital compliant.
The Microtech ZiO! digital media reader answers the demand for rapid and secure transfer of digital information. Users of digital devices which incorporate Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) copyright protection can now use the Microtech ZiO! to transfer large volumes of data from a PC or Mac to an MP3 player while providing all digital handshakes required for playback of the secure data.
In addition to audio files, these next generation memory cards are making their way into a variety of consumer electronic products. The Palm m500 series and the Panasonic ipalm digital camera now incorporate SD capabilities.
Secure Digital cards are expected to become the industry standard in consumer electronics because of their ability to provide fast, simple, and secure downloads of all types of digital files. The postage stamp sized digital card has a transfer rate of up to 2MB/sec making it ideally suited for the latest compact devices on the market.
With the introduction of this new SD compliant ZiO! digital media reader, SCM has also announced a price reduction in the suggested retail price from $39.99 to $29.99, making this a very affordable solution. The ZiO! line of USB-equipped reader/writer devices is also available for CompactFlash, including the IBM MicroDrive and SmartMedia digital memory cards.
About Microtech Digital Connectivity Products
Microtech digital connectivity solutions include an extensive line of readers, media and connectivity products for a wide range of digital device applications. The Microtech family includes the ZiO! Universal USB reader, USB CameraMate, and USB XpressSCSI & FireSCSI bridge solutions as well as CompactFlash, SmartMedia and Multimedia Card digital flash media and accessories. For more information, visit the Microtech brand Website at www.microtechint.com.
About SCM Microsystems
SCM Microsystems is a leading supplier of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. SCM's advanced silicon, hardware and software solutions enable secure exchange of electronic information for digital applications from e-commerce to broadband content delivery by providing controlled access points to platforms such as PCs, digital cameras, and digital television set-top boxes. Known as a premier supplier to OEM companies around the world, SCM also serves the retail market through its Dazzle and Microtech product brands. Global headquarters are in Fremont, California., with European headquarters in Pfaffenhofen, Germany. For additional information, visit the SCM Microsystems Website at www.scmmicro.com.
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