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Kingston Technology's logo. Click to visit the Kingston website! PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Launches New "Ultimate" Line of CompactFlash Cards

100x Write Speed Helps Maximize Camera Functions and Gives Photographers Competitive Edge in High-Speed Shooting Conditions

Fountain Valley, CA – December 1, 2005 – Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its new “Ultimate” line of CompactFlash cards.

With a sustained write speed rating of 100x, Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate cards offer the performance that high-end digital cameras and other fast capture and storage function devices need to perform at peak levels. The one, two and four-GB storage capacities of Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate cards meet the increased demands of today’s professional photographers by delivering reliability and dependability.

“Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate cards are designed for professional photographers and serious enthusiasts who depend on reliable digital media that can deliver the speed and capacity to complete their most challenging assignments,” said Mike Kuppinger, digital media manager, Kingston?. “Photographers and digital enthusiasts can maximize the performance of their high-end digital equipment. Kingston’s Ultimate series CompactFlash cards will have the fastest write time in the industry and give photographers the freedom and flexibility to capture life around them when it happens, as it happens,” Kuppinger added.

“X” Speed Ratings
Similar to CD-ROM drives, many devices are currently sold with an ‘X’ speed rating to give users a performance indicator of how fast a card can transfer (read and/or write) images.

The write speed of a media card determines how quickly images captured with a digital camera are actually written to the memory card. Delays in writing images to the card can slow down the overall performance of the camera and cause photographers to miss the perfect shot. Faster memory cards, such as Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate cards, can write images to the card as they are captured by the camera, allowing a seamless flow of imaging information from camera to memory card and maximizing the overall speed and functionality of the camera system. This means that photographers will always be at-the-ready to capture that perfect series of images.

Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate cards are 100-percent tested and backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 live technical support.

Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate Cards
Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (U.S. only)
CF/1GB-U 1-GB CompactFlash Ultimate card $89.00
CF/2GB-U 2-GB CompactFlash Ultimate card $159.00
CF/4GB-U 4-GB CompactFlash Ultimate card $289.00

Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate Features and Specifications:

Capacities – 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB
Dimensions –1.43” x 1.68” x .13” (36.4mm x 42.8mm x 3.3mm) - CF Type 1
Speed Rating** – up to 18 MB/sec. read rate and up to 15 MB/sec. write rate; 100d
Operating Temperature – 32º F to 140 º F (0 º C to 60 º C)
Storage Temperature – -4 º F to 185 º F (-20 º C – 85 º C)
Standardized – complies with CompactFlash Association specification standards
Small – one-third the size of full-size PC card
Easy – plug and play
Guaranteed – lifetime warranty
Versatile– compatible with PC Card Type II adapters
Economical – autosleep mode preserves system battery life

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

Kingston's 4GB CompactFlash Ultimate card. Courtesy of Kingston, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

(First posted on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 07:36 EST)

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