Today during the so-called "Sneak Peak" held in the Hilton hotel in Las Vegas we have visited the guys from SimpleTech who were announcing the highest capacity CompactFlash card; 8GB Type II. They also announced 2, 4 and 5GB Type I CompactFlash cards and an increase to the write speed of its entire ProX line of CompactFlash cards. SimpleTech's IC Tower stacking technology allows multiple NAND Flash components to be stacked together to provide increased memory and storage densities that provide enhanced capacity in its 5mm type II cards.
Delivering a breakthrough write speed of up to 10MB/second, SimpleTech’s ProX CompactFlash cards enable images to be saved faster to the CompactFlash card and significantly reduces the wait time between digital photography shots. ProX CompactFlash cards incorporate Xcell technology, with a new advanced controller that provides an exponential increase in throughput for writing the picture file, delivering fast, accurate recording of high-resolution images and outstanding reliability.
SimpleTech customers are offered a free trial of PhotoRescue software. Customers can download the photo recovery software onto their computer, and either insert the Flash card into a reader, or dock their camera, and view thumbnail images of their pictures. If one of the images on the card is corrupted, the rescue software allows the image to be recovered.
Samples of the new ProX CompactFlash Type I cards in 2, 4 and 5GB capacities and the 8GB type II cards are expected to ship during the first quarter of 2004, with production anticipated during the second quarter of 2004.