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Addonics' Pocket DigiDrive flash media reader. Courtesy of Addonics, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Addonics announces multi-format flash reader! (UPDATED)
(Wednesday, September 19, 2001 - 14:49 EDT)

New 'Pocket DigiDrive' accepts 7 different types of flash and hard-drive media...

A press release from Addonics Technologies Inc. today announces its new Pocket DigiDrive, a portable flash card reader which accepts a wide range of different media. With 4 different slots in the face of the 11 ounce, 4" x 1" x 5.5" unit, the Pocket DigiDrive can read CompactFlash cards in both Type-I and Type-II formats (including IBM's MicroDrive), as well as SmartMedia cards, Memory Sticks, MultiMediaCards and Secure Digital cards.

Compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 ports, the Pocket DigiDrive draws its power from the USB bus and hence needs no external power supply. It has a read/write speed of 1MB/second, and when installed it mounts flash cards as removeable disk drives with one drive icon shown for each type of media.

The Pocket DigiDrive supports Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP, MacOS 8.6 or higher, and Linux kernel 2.4 or higher. It isn't clear from the Addonics press release whether the device supports USB Mass Storage Class for driverless connectivity on the latest operating systems, and we are awaiting confirmation of this from Addonics.

Available immediately, Addonics' Pocket DigiDrive costs $89 (list) including a USB cable and software.

Addonics' Pocket DigiDrive flash media reader. Courtesy of Addonics, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2001-09-19 16:03ET: Addonics have confirmed that the Pocket DigiDrive is indeed Mass Storage Class compliant, meaning that drivers are not needed with recent operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows 2000, Me or XP.
Source: Addonics Technologies Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

Addonics New Pocket DigiDrive Allows Users to Copy Digital AV Files to PCs From Anywhere

-- New USB Drive Reads &Writes from 7 Different Digital A/V Formats

FREMONT, CA (September 19, 2001) -- Addonics Technologies today announced its multi-format Pocket DigiDrive - a pocket-size storage device that reads/writes digital audio/video files from seven different formats.

The Addonics Pocket DigiDrive is the perfect device for transferring data to your PC from digital cameras, digital camcorders, PDAs, MP3 players, digital voice recorders, and more. With so many options available for storing music and video files Addonics has designed a unified drive that supports all of today's popular A/V storage formats.

The Pocket DigiDrive reads and writes to all popular digital media formats such as CF-I, CF-II, Smart Memory, Memory Stick, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, and Secure Digital Card

The drive contains no moving parts, and consumes so little power, users only need to plug device into any USB 1.1 or USB 2.0-compliant port to power the drive (no AC Adapter is needed). The device weighs just 11 ounces and measures 4 inches (W) x 5.5 inches (D) x 1 inch (H)

The Addonics Pocket DigiDrive has a 1MB/second read/write speed. Supports is included for Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Mac OS 8.6 or higher, Linux kernel 2.4 or higher. Once the drive is installed, an icon for each type of media automatically appears under the My Computer folder.

List price of the Pocket DigiDrive is $89, which includes a USB cable and software.

The drive is available through major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including StorageUSA.com, PC Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Insight, Egghead, Ingram Micro, and Ma Lab.

Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 48434 Milmont Drive, Fremont, CA 94538. Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com


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