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Pretec launches S-Diamond: the first miCARD memory card

Two weeks ago, the MultiMedia Card Association announced the specifications for the miCARD. This new memory card measures 12mm x 21mm x 1.95mm and has been designed for easy data interchange between MMC and USB devices. When used in devices such as cameras and smart phones the miCARD allows you to transfer the content to PCs and other devices by inserting the card directly, without the need for cables or readers. Pretec has now released the "S-Diamond", world's first implementation of this new miCARD standard...

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Visit the Pretec websitePretec, the pioneer of the world's smallest USB Flash Drive, has now released their new product “S-Diamond”, which is the 1st in the world to implement miCARD, a new flash memory card standard from MMC Association capable of supporting both USB and SD/MMC specifications. S-Diamond will debut at Computex 2007 in Taipei at Pretec booth (Hall 4; Booth T202B) and MMCA/OMIA booth (Hall 3; 454, 452, 503, 501).

Measuring only 21mmX12mmX1.95mm, miCard is the smallest USB flash drive in the world, with an area 40% smaller than miniSD (volume is about 18% smaller than miniSD). miCard can also be an SD/MMC card with an inexpensive adapter. The specification of miCard should be able to be released to MMCA members later this year. S-Diamond is the 2nd generation of Pretec i-Disk Diamond series, which has been the smallest USB flash drive for years, which can now also serve as an SD/MMC card, saving not only consumers cost, but also saving hassles by getting rid of card readers and carrying multiple flash cards in different form factors.

Capacities range from 128MB to 8GB (with a theoretical maximum capacity of 2048GB). Production is scheduled by Q3. A version implementing MU-Bus, which is low-power or digital USB technology, will be introduced by Q4, which can possibly usher the era of 4C convergence, to make S-Diamond / miCard to be the center of convenient data exchange among all Computers, Communication devices, Consumer electronics and Car electronics.

Pretec will also show "C-Diamond", a multiple function USB product with "stackable" features of i-Disk Diamond, a much miniaturized version of the patented Pretec i-Disk Connect, which is a versatile capacity and/or function expandable USB flash drive which is as easy to use as playing with Lego's. Such device is a dual-function USB flash drive with built-in hub, the first one in the world available by Pretec almost 2 years ago. Pretec will also demonstrate the 3-function "i-Disk Mobile Trio”, another patented multiple function USB storage product with Laser pointer and mobile phone charger functions at Computex Taipei 2007.


MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) Announces Specification for Multiple-Interface Memory Cards

miCARD™ combines the popular MMC and USB 2.0 standard interfaces into a single memory card

BEAVERTON, Ore. – May 31, 2007 – MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) today announced a specification for the brand new miCARD™, a 12mm x 21mm x 1.95mm storage card designed for easy data interchange between MMC and USB devices. When used in portable devices such as cameras, smart phones and PDAs, miCARD takes advantage of the low power consumption and high performance characteristics of the MMC interface. The sleek and versatile miCARD then allows consumers to transfer that media-rich content to PCs, printers and home entertainment appliances by inserting the card directly I to those devices' existing USB connectors – without the need for dedicated card slots or separate card readers.

Preserving the performance and ease of use consumers currently experience with USB 2.0 compliant devices, miCARD will transfer data at speeds up to 480 Mbits/sec, with full electrical, mechanical and software compatibility. It is the first memory card to combine the strengths of the MMC System Specification v4.2 and USB 2.0, the most successful interface in the world.

“MMCA developed the miCARD specification to provide manufacturers a solution that is adaptable and convenient for consumers,” said Yves Leonard, MMCA chairman. “Adding USB 2.0 capability to a memory card provides an interface that is compatible with existing products and widely recognized by general consumers.”

Initially, passive mechanical adaptors will be available to convert the miCARD for use in many of today's CE products that accept full-size MMC cards. In the future, portable devices will be able to take advantage of miCARD's smaller size by offering slots that accept miCARD directly. No change is needed for miCARD compatibility with existing USB Type-A ports; consumers can simply plug and play.

Additional information: Visit the Pretec website
June 13, 2007
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