1GB solid state CF card you can buy now
By Ian Burley
Various vendors (Sandisk, for example - click here) have announced IGB Compact Flash cards, but as far as we know you canít yet buy them. But we have found one particular IGB CF card that is shipping right now.
Itís made by the German company, Optosys and is a Type II (thicker) CF card that uses chip stacking technology to squeeze two 512MB Samsung NAND flash memory chips into the space of the card. Optosys has licenced the use of Lexarís FC1410 BM2 ATA controller for the card. A 2GB card is in the pipeline for the first quarter of 2002.
The Optosys card is designed to work in most CF-II compatible slots and should not suffer compatibility problems exhibited by rival products like IBMís Microdrive, which also requires a Type II slot, but consumes too much current for use in many devices with such slots.
The street price for Optosysí 1GB card is US$900, or €1020, or roughly £640. Thatís nearly three times the price of a 1GB Microdrive in the UK, but itís solid state and you can get one now.