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SanDisk introduces Ultra High Speed FireWire cardreader
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SanDisk Corporation introduces the SanDisk Ultra™ ImageMate™ Reader for the retail market. The new Sandisk FireWire ImageMate Reader is designed for photographers, video-graphers, graphic artists and others who typically own larger capacity Compact Flash® cards and want the fastest way to transfer large amounts of data between storage cards and computers.

The announcement will be made at the Photokina 2002 trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating its products in Hall 5.1, A-11. The FireWire ImageMate Reader works with all CompactFlash cards and is designed for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows PCs that have a FireWire port. FireWire is one of the fastest peripheral standards ever developed and offers more than 30 times the bandwidth of the popular USB port. The reader is SanDisk's first FireWire product.

The FireWire combines the speed advantage of the high bandwidth FireWire port with a new stylish design and compact size. The new SanDisk reader complements the SanDisk Ultra CompactFlash line of high speed Ultra CompactFlash cards as well as the standard line of CompactFlash cards.

The FireWire ImageMate Reader features a 1394a interface for burst rates of up to 400 megabits per sec (Mbps) for real world transfer rates of up to 5 megabytes per sec. The blue LED light indicates the reader is properly connected to the computer and blinks when data is being transferred. For simplicity, the new reader has a single CompactFlash card slot that accepts both Type I and the thicker Type II formats.