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Kingston's 15-in1 Card Reader. Courtesy of Kingston Technology Co. Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kingston USB card reader takes compatibility to the max
(Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 16:06 EST)

A press release today from Kingston Technology Co. Inc. announces the release of a new high-speed USB flash card reader that aims to solve the problem faced by many of us these days - the vast number of different flash card formats used by our various digital devices.

The new reader supports no less than an impressive 15 card formats, including most of those most commonly used by digital cameras. Compatibility includes, amongst others, both CompactFlash Type-I and II, Microdrives, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo (including Pro variants), and SmartMedia. The device connects via USB 1.1 or 2.0, and is compatible with the higher speeds offered by USB 2.0 ports. Pricing is a very reasonable US$19. More details can be found in the press release below...

Kingston's 15-in1 Card Reader. Courtesy of Kingston Technology Co. Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Kingston Launches 15-In-1 Hi-Speed Reader

The Perfect Companion for Professionals Who Demand High Transfer Rates with Speed and Reliability

Fountain Valley, CA – November 17, 2005 – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its new Kingston® 15-in-1 Hi-Speed Reader.

Designed to support 15 popular types of Digital Memory cards using four media ports, this USB 2.0 Hi-Speed reader delivers up to 480 Mbps data transfer rates for high-resolution images, data and more. Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader installs quickly and easily with its plug-and-play design and is backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification standards. It is the essential reader to suit faster speed cards currently offered in the market, including Kingston’s SD Ultimate memory card with 133x write speed.

“Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader is incredibly versatile for personal or business use. Compatible with 15 of the most popular media available today it is a must-have for any professional photographer or serious enthusiast who needs a fast and reliable data transfer device,” said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston. “It provides a direct gateway between digital media and your desktop or laptop, avoiding the hassle of moving photos, music, data and more between multiple platforms,” Kuppinger added.

Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader delivers versatility by combining the interface for 15 of the most popular media card formats into once device. These formats include: CompactFlash, MMC, SD, SmartMedia, as well as small form factor mobile memory cards like miniSD and MMCMobile without the use of an adapter. The higher read/write speeds offer great value when using high-speed cards such as Kingston’s SD Ultimate card with 133x write speed. This value is realized when moving high resolution files seamlessly/effortlessly from the device to your computer. The card reader’s compact size and one cable operation for both power and USB connection decreases clutter and unnecessary wires while increasing its portability. Kingston’s 15-in-1 Reader comes with a five-year warranty, 24/7 technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston 15-in-1 Reader
Part Number MSRP (U.S. only)
FCR-HS215/1 $19.00

Kingston 15-in1 Reader Features and Benefits:
Dimensions –3.46” x 2.19” x .63” (8.78 cm x 5.56 cm x 1.6 cm)
Operating Temperature – 0 degrees to 60 degrees C (32 degrees to 158 degrees F)
Storage Temperature – 20 degrees to 85 degrees C (-4 degrees to 185 degrees F)
Standardized – complies with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed specification standards for up to 480 Mbps data transfer and backwards compatible with USB 1.1 specification standards for up 12 Mbps data transfer.
Portable – convenient small size; no power cable required
Easy – plug and play into any USB 2.0 or 1.1 port
Guaranteed – five-year warranty
Versatile – works with 15 different Flash card formats:

  • CompactFlash (CF) I and II
  • Secure Digital
  • miniSD
  • microSD (SD adapter required)
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC) Version 3.1
  • MMCmicro (MMC adapter required)
  • MMCmobile (DV RS-MMC)
  • MMCplus (Version4.0)
  • RS-MMC (Version 3.1)
  • Microdrive (CF Type II)
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Smart Media

About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
Founded in 1987, Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory and digital media products. Kingston operates manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Fountain Valley, Calif. Kingston’s back-end processing facility supports memory test and logistics. Kingston supports all memory processing functions from receipt of wafer to completed module. Kingston serves a network of distributors, OEMs, and retail customers in more than 3,000 locations worldwide. For more information on Kingston, call (800) 337-8410, or go to kingston.com.

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Kingston and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

* Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Digital Media Guide at Kingston.com/Digital_Media_Guide.

** Speed may vary based on host hardware, software and usage. For more information about X speed, visit Kingston.com/digitalmedia/x

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