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The Olympus TURBO MO mini EX IV+ MO drive transfers direct from a digital camera

Olympus Japan announces the TURBO MO mini EX IV+ , a magneto optical drive that can transfer images directly from a digital camera onto its 1.3 GB removable disks. Additionally, it connects through a high speed USB 2.0 interface to a personal computer. The EX IV+  comes with Album creation software to help you organize your images on a PC or Mac. And last but not least, Playstation 2 owners can directly connect their cameras too, organize albums, and see the results directly on the television set...
Olympus TURBO MO mini EX IV+ product specifications

PRESS RELEASE

This news release is only for the Asian market.

Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. ( President : Tsuyoshi Kikukawa ) is pleased to announce the December 2002 release of the TURBO MO mini EX IV+. This compact, lightweight magneto-optical drive for 3.5-inch disks is even smaller and noticeably faster than its predecessors and features direct transfer of data from digital cameras.

The TURBO MO mini EX IV+ features an elegant design that is both compact and lightweight. This drive is just as user friendly as its predecessors, enabling anyone to use it almost effortlessly. It also boasts an even smaller size ( 10 mm shorter overall than the previous TURBO MO mini ) and noticeably increased speed, up from the 3,000 rpm of the previous model to 4,000 rpm.

The device also increases interoperability with digital cameras, which are growing ever more popular. The drive connects directly to digital cameras that support the USB mass storage class as a new way of using MOs for image storage, and with a single press of a button, its direct transfer feature allows data to be transferred to a MO disk.

Main Features

Winner of the Good Design Award *1!

Super-compact size that is even smaller than the previous TURBO MO mini EX

Noticeably improved speed thanks to USB 2.0 *2, 8 MB of cache memory, and increased disk rpm

Direct transfer feature allowing data transfers via a direct connection to a digital camera

Effortless album creation using a software application "GAZO for MO" for creating digital photo albums



Details of Main Features

Winner of the Good Design Award *1! Even Smaller Super-compact Size



  The super-compact size further reduces the postcard size of the TURBO MO mini series. This model delivers an approximately 10-mm reduction in overall length and a weight of 500 g, 10 g lighter than its predecessor, the TURBO MO mini EX. The drive won the 2002 Good Design Award thanks to its compact size, elegant design, and user-friendly operability, including the direct transfer feature.


Noticeably improved speed thanks to USB 2.0 *2, 8 MB of cache memory, and increased disk rpm

The roughly 30% increase in disk speed from the 3,000 rpm of the previous model to 4,000 rpm and the addition of 8 MB of cache memory work together to deliver a noticeable speed improvement. And when combined with a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, or even using today's most common USB 1.1 interface, the drive delivers high performance through increased rpm.




Direct transfer feature allowing data transfers via a direct connection to a digital camera

To further satisfy the image data storage requirements of digital cameras, which are growing ever more popular, the drive provides the industry's first direct transfer feature using a single USB cable to connect with a digital camera supporting the USB mass storage class without going through a PC, thereby enabling batch transfers to MO disk with the single press of a button.
Models for which operation has been verified ( as of November 2002 ) : Olympus CAMEDIA C-4040ZOOM, C-4000ZOOM, C-300ZOOM, C-2Zoom, and C-730 Ultra Zoom.


Effortless Album Creation using "GAZO for MO"

The TURBO MO mini EX IV+ comes with "GAZO for MO *3" ( Macintosh and Windows versions ) , a software application for making digital photo albums. "GAZO for MO" enables the addition of comments and music to images imported from digital cameras, scanners, and other devices as well as those obtained from the Internet and other sources. It also makes it easy to arrange, edit, and manage images in albums. Edited images can be saved to MO disks as well. Image management is even easier if you separate disks by use and setting.
( "GAZO for MO" is compatible with Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP and Mac OS 8.6 to 9.x. )

*1 Presented by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. "Good Design Award" is Japan's only synthetic design evaluation/recommendation system which is based on "Good Design Selection System" established by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1957.
*2 Only USB 1.1 is supported on Mac OS. Connections using USB 2.0 require a separately available USB 2.0 interface. Operation with USB 2.0 interfaces has been verified through tests with Adaptec USB 2.0 interface.
*3 Included on the accompanying utility CD-ROM

Additional information: Olympus TURBO MO mini EX IV+ product specifications
November 15, 2002
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