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Pretec unveils 666x Compact Flash Cards

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 11:00:00 Z

Pretec has unveiled the world's first 666x Compact Flash cards with a read/write speed of 100MB/s. According to the company, this is approaching the format's maximum theoretical speed of 133MB/s, and the end of ever-increasing CF card speeds is now in sight. Sporting a rugged body and resistant to shock and impact, they promise to be ten times more durable that other CF cards. The 666x CF cards will start shipping from April, with capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB. Press Release: PRETEC 666X CF cards - Highest Speed in the World & Approaching CF Speed Limit March 2009: Pretec creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (100GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (433X), continues today its record breaking history in the field of speed and capacity by unveiling the extraordinary 666X CF card, the world’s fastest CF card. Four times faster than a typical CF card, Pretec 666X CF’s dazzling 100MB/s speed is the largest speed boost in CF history. 666X CF card is the newest member of Pretec’s family of innovative flash memory cards, consistently first to market in high speed and capacity products; 233X and 333X CF cards were introduced by Pretec at Taipei in 2007, 64GB CF card started shipping in Sept. 2008, and 433X CF card were launched at Birmingham UK in Feb. 2009. Pretec 666X CF card will likely also be the last of the high speed CF card in the CompactFlash industry, since 100MB/s speed is approaching the theoretical maximum speed of CF specification, which is 133MB/s. CompactFlash Association  has released the new generation of the CF specification, CFast™, which breaks the speed limit from 133MB/s of the Parallel ATA (PATA) standard to 3Gb/s (375MB/s) Serial ATA (SATA II) architecture while keep the small and popular original CF mechanical form factor. Pretec has announced the world’s 1st CFast™ since CES 2009 in Las Vegas, also demonstrated here in CeBIT and PMA; which will continue to be the speed and capacity leader (up to 6Gb/s) in small form factor memory card for the years to come. With metal housing and ruggedized construction, Pretec 666X CF card provides extensive ruggedness making the card resistant to impact & shock – at least 10 times more durable than a typical CF card, and enables photographers to make the best use of rapid capture of high resolution pictures in the studio, streets or elsewhere with confidence and piece of mind even under the most severe conditions.    Pretec’s CeBIT booth is featuring “Double 100” this year, with dual breakthrough of CF capacity in 100MB, and CF speed in 100MB/s; approaching the end of an era with legendary CompactFlash, and pointing to the next rising star of CFast™. Pretec 666X CF card will start sampling by April from capacities of 4GB to 64GB.[...]



Pretec introduces world's first SDXC card

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 11:00:00 Z

Two months after the SD Association announced the new SDXC (extended capacity) format, Pretec has unveiled the world's first SDXC card with  a capacity of 32 GB and read/write speed of 50MB/s. Future generations of these cards promise up to 2 Terabytes (2048 GB) of storage capacity and speeds of up to 300MB/s. Currently there are no products compatible with these memory cards. The company has also announced 666x Compact Flash cards with a read/write speed of 100MB/s. Sporting a rugged body, it promises to be ten times more durable that other CF cards. The 666X CF card will start shipping from by April from capacities of 4GB to 64GB. Press Release: 1st SDXC in the World-PRETEC Demonstrates 32GB SDXC March 2009: Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (100GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (433X), continues today its record braking history in the field of speed and capacity by unveiling the new SDXC 32GB, the world’s first, highest capacity and fastest SD card. SDXC (eXtended Capacity) is a next-generation SD card, with capacities up to 2 TB (2048GB), and read/write speed up to 50MB/s initially and up to 104MB/s in the future, with a possible 300MB/s as a long term roadmap. By using exFAT file system, Pretec’s 32GB SDXC card is not compatible with SDHC, which is using FAT32 file system. The maximum access speed of traditional SD card (SD 1.1 spec.) is 12.5MB/s and maximum capacity is 4GB, in which Pretec 4GB SD is the 1st such high capacity card in the world in July 2005. World’s 1st 8GB SDHC card was introduced by Pretec in Aug. 2006 , and subsequently joint displayed with Sanyo’s DV Xacti HD1a in Photokina 2006 maximum speed increased to 25MB/s for SDHC (SD 2.0 spec.), which is the access speed of Pretec 166X SDHC card Pretec 32GB SDXC card, sampling now to design-in customers, can reach the speed of up to 50MB/s, depending on the host system design which needs to be compliant with SDXC specification*, will be enhanced the capacity to 64GB SDXC by the 2nd half of this year. Pretec also reveals 100GB and 666X CF card, which can reach the speed of up to 100MB/s at CeBIT and PMA today, to be the largest capacity and highest speed small form factor memory card in the world. The next generation of CF card, called CFast, was first introduced by Pretec at CES 2009 (, with current maximum transfer speed of 375MB/s and 750MB/s in the future. The 2TB capacity memory card was 1st revealed by Mu-Card in 2004, a joint effort by Pretec, ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and a few other companies in Taiwan, with maximum transfer speed of 120MB/s. The significant boost of the capacity is due to the scheme of “Sector Addressing” instead of “Byte Addressing” published by Pretec in 2005. Mu-Card Alliance was subsequently merged with MMC Association, which in turn is part of JEDEC organization. *As of today, no SDXC compliant host systems are available in the market yet[...]



Pretec releases CFast card with SATA interface

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:33:00 Z

(image) CES 2009: Pretec has introduced a 32GB CFast, the smallest solid-state drive (SSD) to feature a SATA interface. The SATA interface should allow CFast cards, the next-generation devices from the CompactFlash Association, to reach speeds of up to 375MB/s. The 32GB Pretec card is capable of transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s (300% faster than the fastest CF card today), and will be available next month, with a 64GB version to follow soon. There are no cameras at present that accept the CFast format.

Pretec Unveils CFast™ Storage Card, the Smallest SATA SSD in the World

Las Vegas, USA. January 8th 2009 –– Pretec, as the 2nd in the world to offer CF card (1995) and the producer of the world’s largest capacity CF card (64GB), proudly unveils at CES 2009 today the Pretec CFast™Storage Card, another breakthrough in the flash. Pretec CFast™Storage Card is a revolutionary product with CF card sized form factor incorporating the key strength of high speed SATA interface.

Pretec 333X CF card, the highest speed CF card in the world released on September 2008 at Photokina is running at the speed up to 50MB/s, such traditional CF standard adopts PATA standard with maximum transfer speed of 133MB/s, will soon become the bottleneck for the ever increased speed demand of SSD. CFast™is developed by CompactFlash Association (www.compactflash.org) to break the speed limit from 133MB/s (PATA) to 375MB/s (SATA) while keep the small and popular original CF mechanical form factor.  Pretec CFast™Storage Card contains a single chip controller and flash memory module(s) in a matchbook-sized package with a 7+17-pin connector that consists of a SATA compatible 7 pin signal connector and a 17 pin power and control connector. This single chip controller interfaces with a host system allowing data to be written to and read from the flash memory module(s). Measured only 36mmX43mm,  Pretec CFast™Storage Card is the smallest SATA interfaced SSD in the world.

The transfer speed of 1st generation Pretec CFast™Storage Card is up to 160MB/s, about 300% faster than the fastest CF card today. Merited to such hasty speed & small size offered by Pretec CFast™, professional photographers can now make the best use of high-end cameras and ultimate technology image devices by relishing continuous shots without waiting time for catch up; Industrial, embedded or PC users such as IPC, Mobile Internet Device (MID), and Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) can now simultaneously obtain the desirable features of next generation fast, small and reliable mobile storage.

Pretec CFast™Storage Card is available now in 32GB and will be demonstrated to customers at CES at Las Vegas by appointment only, general sampling will start from next month with 64GB capacity to be released soon.




Pretec unveils 64GB and 100GB CF Cards

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:36:00 Z

(image) Photokina 2008: Pretec has today introduced the highest capacity and fastest CompactFlash cards in the world. Under the highest capacity come the 64GB and 100GB, 233X CF cards with a read and write speed of 35MB/s. And the 333X CF cards in 32GB and 50 GB capacities have broken the record of the fastest read and write speed with 50 MB/s. Both the cards will start shipping this month.

Press Release:

Pretec Releases 64GB and 100GB CF Card - Highest Capacity in the World

Cologne, Germany, September 23rd , 2008 - Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world (48GB) and the fastest CF card in the world (333X) will demonstrate even higher capacities including a 64GB CF card, in the Leaf booth (West Hall 4.2, B009) and CFA (Hall 5.1, G-019) at Photokina 2008.

Continuing the revolution in the field of flash memory card speed and capacity, Pretec today releases 64GB and 100GB, 233X CF cards with access speed of up to 35MB/s, overtaking the Pretec 48GB CF card, the previous world’s record holder for highest capacity CF card; and super high speed 333X 32GB and 50GB CF cards capable of running up to 50 MB per second of Read/Write speed, the highest speed CF card in the world.

Pretec CF 233X and 333X CF cards use metal housing and ruggedized construction to provide extensive ruggedness making the card resistant to impact and shock – at least 10 times more durable than a typical CF card. With the green concept of reuse, recycle and reduce in mind, Pretec 64GB CF cards can be configured or reused to make a 256GB SATA or IDE SSD, the highest capacity 2.5” SSD in the world so far, by using Pretec Q-SATA, a patent-pending technology of flexible, scalable and modular SATA/PATA design based on up to 4 CF cards. This technology provides ultimate flexibility and ease of use, especially for those needing both CF cards and SSDs.

Pretec 233X and 333X CF cards will be demonstrated together with high performance digital cameras from Leaf, a business unit of Eastman Kodak and a world-renowned industry leader in providing cutting edge digital photography solutions, whose AFi professional camera was recently awarded “Product of the Year” at the Photoforum exhibition in Russia. The new Leaf AFi-II system delivers the fastest shooting speeds of any camera in its class, with a practically unlimited burst depth.

These speeds are enabled by advanced communication and CF technologies and Leaf Capture software. “Leaf and Pretec share a similar vision –to offer cutting edge technologies and unique products with unparalleled performance and to provide our customers with exceptional quality and satisfaction,” said Seth Greenberg, Leaf Marketing Director. “We are pleased to have chosen Pretec as our exclusive storage partner at Photokina 2008 and to witness the excitement as Pretec breaks the CF card speed and capacity world records.”

Pretec 233X 64GB and 333X 32GB CF cards with suggested retail price of $399 and $630 are slated to start delivery by Photokina 2008, and 233X 100GB and 333X 50GB are expected to start shipping by the end of 2008.




Pretec introduces first 48 GB CompactFlash

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 10:07:00 Z

(image) CES 2008: Pretec, which has quite a history of pushing forward flash media capacities, has announced new CompactFlash cards available in sizes up to 48 GB. The speed ratings are also good with 1 - 48 GB cards available in 233x (35 MB/sec) and 2 - 24 GB in super-fast 333x (50 MB/sec). Release dates and pricing are yet to be announced but don't expect the largest cards to be cheap - at least for a while.
Via Engadget.

Gordon: We originally reported the 333x cards as available in 1 - 48 GB and 233x in 2 - 24 GB. This was incorrect and we apologize for any confusion resulting.

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Pretec 16 GB Compact Flash card

Sat, 30 Sep 2006 17:32:00 Z

Photokina 2006: Pretec has announced its 16 GB Compact Flash card. This announcement clearly aimed to compete with SanDisk who also recently announced a 16 GB Card. Pretec are proud to be the first with high capacities cards such as 3 GB in November 2002 and 6 GB in March 2003.

Press Release:

Pretec 16GB CompactFlash Card

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More Space Than You Can Imagine

COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pretec, world record holder of the highest capacity flash memory cards of CF card (12GB), USB Flash Drive (16GB), and SD card (8GB), has now released 16GB CF card, the first and highest capacity CF card in the world today at Photokina (Booth Hall 6, A069).

The demand for higher capacity and better performing flash cards has been increasing in our daily lives with introduction of ever higher resolution digital cameras and the emergence of new multimedia appliances and industrial applications. Over the last 10 years CompactFlash has seen a 4,000 times increase in capacity from the first announcement of Pretec 4MB CF card (http://www.compactflash.org/pr/960220a.htm) to today’s 16GB. Pretec has consistently demonstrated the highest capacity and fastest speed CompactFlash in the world such as 3GB (Nov. 2002, Las Vegas, Comdex), 6GB (March 2003, Hanover, CeBIT), 12GB (March 2004, Hanover, CeBIT) and 16GB (Sept. 2006, Photokina).

Constructed with reliable SLC NAND flash devices and rugged metal housing with CF Type II form factor, Pretec 16GB CF card is also offered with wide operating temperatures for industrial and military applications. For those applications demanding data security, Pretec is the only one in the world to provide Secure CF card, in which the host device BIOS or firmware must be modified in order to fully utilize the security features. Access speed can be up to 80X (12MB/s) for Pretec industrial CF card and up to 133X (20MB/s) for Pretec commercial CF card. Pretec 16GB CF card will start sampling next month with mass production in Q4 of this year.

For more info, please visit PRETEC website: www.pretec.com




Pretec 8 GB SD-HC, largest yet

Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:27:37 Z

Pretec has today announced the highest capacity SD card to date, their new 8 GB SD-HC. This new card is twice the capacity of cards announced by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk and means that SD cards will soon be available in capacities as high as the largest CompactFlash cards. Pretec's press release doesn't reveal very many details other than compliance with the SD-HC specification (which has a maximum throughput of up to 20 MB/sec; we expect the throughput of this card to be significantly lower). The Pretec 8 GB SD-HC card has a 'sampling price' of $299 and should be in mass production in the last quarter of this year.

Press Release:

Pretec 8GB SDHC card, the highest capacity SD card in the world!

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Fremont, California, August 31st, 2006 ? Pretec, the world record keeper of highest capacity flash memory cards of CF card (12GB, March 2004), USB Flash Drive (8GB, January 2005), SD card (4GB, July 2005) and MMC (4GB, September 2005), has now released 8GB SD card, the highest capacity SD card in the world.

Pretec 8GB SD card is fully compliant with SD 2.0 (SDHC) specification with access speed up to 20MB/sec. The maximum capacity of SD card is 2GB under SD 1.1 of Secure Digital Alliance (SDA) specification; however, by using file format of FAT32, many SD 1.1 host devices can use 4GB SD card which Pretec pioneered since 2005. SD 1.0/1.1 uses traditional “Byte Addressing” scheme which limits the maximum capacity to 4GB while SD 2.0 adopts “Sector Addressing” scheme which is the same with the technique applied by Mu-Card Alliance in 2004 to reach the maximum capacity of 2TB (2048GB). Pretec is one of the major founders and main contribution member of Mu-Card Alliance, who joined force with MMCA in June 2005 (www.mmca.org/press/Mu_Card_Final.pdf). With capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, Pretec 8GB SDHC is now available for key customer sampling at unit price $299. Mass production is scheduled by Q4/2006.

SDHC cards are recongnized by new SDHC host devices differently than standard SD cards and are not backward compatible with legacy SD format host devices; in which, SDHC cards can only work with SDHC compatible host devices. Since Pretec is the 1st in the world to offer 4GB standard SD cards, and now also offers 4GB SDHC cards, Pretec will provide patent-pending SD-Tuner™ technology for customers to have an easy transition between the incompatibility of SD 1.1 and SD 2.0.




Pretec 4GB 133x SD card

Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:25:00 Z

Pretec has announced the first 4GB SD in the world. The card is the newest addition of its high speed line of 133X SD cards, which are available in capacities ranging from 256MB to 4GB. It is also the fastest card, with access speeds of up to 20MB/s. It will be available next month priced $699 (approx. €578). The company also announces the availability of 2GB MMC 4.x card (MMC Plus) today. Pretec has slashed the price of its 12GB CompactFlash card by half price, from $9999 to $4999 (approx. €4136).

Press Release:

PRETEC Introduces 4GB SD Card, e-Disk II, And Reduces Price for 12GB CF Card

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Fremont, California, July 27, 2005 –– Pretec Electronics Corp., the inventor of iDisk Tiny and CU-Flash, the smallest USB flash Drive in the world since 2003, has released 4GB SD card today, the largest capacity of SD card in the world.

Pretec 4GB SD card is the newest addition of its high speed line of 133X SD card, from 256MB to 4GB, with access speed up to 20MB/s, the fastest SD card in the world so far conform to SD 1.1 specification. Constructed with 65 nano-meter 16Gb SLC NAND technology, which is typically one order of magnitude better reliability and 200%-500% faster than MLC NAND. Pretec 133X 4GB SD card is available now for customer sampling with unit price of $699 each, mass production is scheduled by next month.

Pretec also announces the availability of 2GB MMC 4.x card (MMC Plus) today. With 8-bit data bus and 52MHz clock rate, MMC 4.x card can be 400% faster than today’s SD card commonly available in the market, or 200% faster than the latest SD 1.1 specification. Effective immediately Pretec 12GB CF card pricing is reduced from $9999 to $4999. Made by flash memory devices yet larger capacity than most small form factor hard disk drive such as Microdrive, Pretec 12GB CF flash memory card is 300% larger capacity than its closest competitors in the market.

Although SD 1.1 specification and MMC 4.x are new in today’s market, most consumer and IA devices are being designed-in now, so end users will soon see the benefit of using Pretec high speed SD 1.1 or MMC 4.x cards which are backward compatible with older digital cameras, mobile phones or other IA devices operating with SD 1.0 or MMC 3.x specifications.

Pretec introduces also today e-Disk II, the 1st such bridging device in the world, an expandable USB flash disk by bundling SD/MMC cards which supports both SD 1.1 and MMC 4.x. Other than a flexible capacity USB Flash drive up to 4GB, users can adopt e-Disk II as a low cost and very high speed USB SD/MMC card reader to transfer data between computers and IA devices.




Pretec 2 GB MMC 4 card

Mon, 31 May 2004 17:43:21 Z

At Computex Taipei today Pretec demonstrated a new 2 GB card which conforms to the new MMC 4 standard and which Pretec are calling the 'World's Fastest Flash Memory Card'. Thanks to the fact that MMC 4 allows for transfer of 4-bits of data in parallel this new card has a quoted write speed of around 18 MB/sec (120X) and a read speed of around 22.5 MB/sec (150X). If verified this card would indeed be far faster than any current flash memory card. The new card is also backwardly compatible with standard SD / MMC devices.

Press Release:

World's Fastest Flash Memory Card

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Pretec Demonstrates MMC 4.0

Taipei, Taiwan, June 1, 2004 - Pretec Electronics Corp., the 2nd company in the world offering CompactFlash memory card (CF) card since 1995, is demonstrating the world's first MMC 4.0 flash memory card with Read speed about 150X (22.5MB/s) and Write speed greater than 120X (18MB/s), which is the highest speed small form factor flash memory card in the world today, at COMPUTEX TAIPEI Pretec Booth Hall 4, # 101A here at World Trade Center.

Compatible with most Secure Digital (SD) slots used by mobile phones, digital cameras, and other portable digital devices, MMC (MultiMediaCard) is one of the most popular memory cards in the world today. Version 4.0 is the most recent release of MMCA (http://www.mmca.org/), with maximum transfer speed up to 20 times of today's MMC, and 4 times faster than today's SD card without any royalties for the high-speed interface. The speed of Pretec MMC 4.0 is about 200% faster than the fastest SD card available in the market and about 800% faster than Pretec MMC (V3.2) 1GB, which is the fastest and highest capacity in the market today.

Support dual-voltage operation of 3V/1.8V, Pretec MMC 4.0 is the lowest power consumption flash memory card in the world when operated at 1.8V. Pretec also offers Reduced-Size (RS) MMC 4.0, measured at only 18mmX24mmX1.4mm, which is 44% smaller area than SD card and 62% smaller volume than SD card, Pretec RS-MMC 4.0 is one of the smallest flash memory card in the world.




Pretec 12 GB CF - just $14,900

Wed, 26 May 2004 09:48:34 Z

Riding on the back of news yesterday about dropping flash memory prices Pretec today announced their new range of high capacity Compact Flash cards. These new cards (marked as '80x') will be available as 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB and 12 GB. The first three cards (3, 4 & 6 GB) are available in Japan as of today, the larger 12 GB card by the end of the year. Despite lower NAND flash prices these cards are still unbelievably expensive, the 3 GB card is 166,000 YEN ($1,490), the 4 GB card is 207,00 YEN ($1,860), the 6 GB card is 525,000 YEN ($4,700), the 12 GB card is expected to be 1,659,000 YEN ($14,900). Once you get over the price the next question must be would you be willing to put so much data in the trust of one card?

Phil: There are cheaper ways to get 12 GB of CF storage, for $1500 you can buy three 4 GB Hitachi Microdrives and be on the safer side of loosing everything to just one card.

UPDATE 30/May/2004: Earlier I wrote that you could buy three Creative Labs Nomad Muvo2 4GB devices and remove the Hitachi Microdrives. Well that was true as of earlier this week however Creative are now shipping a new version of the Muvo2 which has Microdrives which will not operate as CF+ devices, you can tell these new Muvo2's by their packaging (click here).

Pretec 12 GB Compact Flash card, by the end of the year, but at a price

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Pretec 80X Cheetah CompactFlash

Thu, 12 Feb 2004 12:10:29 Z

(image) PMA 2004: Pretec has today announced the world's highest speed CF card with capacities ranging from 256MB to 6GB. The cards have a sustained read speed of 13MB/s and write speed of 12MB/s, Pretec Cheetah series CF card is the highest speed CF card on earth. If using the speed of 150KB/s as 1X performance benchmark, the write speed of Pretec Cheetah CF card is categorized as 80X. Pretec 80X Cheetah CF card will start sampling this month and delivery by the end of March.

Press Release:

World's Highest Speed CF Card Pretec 80X Cheetah CompactFlash

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2004--Pretec Electronics Corp., the 2nd company in the world offering CompactFlash memory card (CF) card since 1995, is demonstrating the world's highest speed CF card at Pretec booth #H71 of PMA show here at Las Vegas Convention Center.

With write speed more than double the leading brand's high speed CF card in the market today, users of Pretec CF cards can enjoy the exciting multimedia experience in applications such as high resolution digital cameras, where faster write speed means lower set-up time between pictures. Tested with WA(1) enabled Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n (under current firmware), the industry's highest resolution (14 mega-pixels) digital SLR camera, which displays the write speed of the CF card, Pretec Cheetah CF card scores at 4.9MB/s; while SanDisk Ultra II/Extreme (write speed 9MB/s) is displayed at 2.9MB/s and Lexar Media WA enabled 40X (write speed 6MB/s) is at 4.2MB/s.

With sustained read speed of 13MB/s and write speed of 12MB/s, Pretec Cheetah series CF card is the highest speed CF card on earth. If using the speed of 150KB/s as 1X performance benchmark, the write speed of Pretec Cheetah CF card is categorized as 80X. Capacities ranging from 256MB to 6GB, the introduction of the high performance CF card address the growing need of higher density and faster speed data storage in leading-edge products and systems. Pretec 80X Cheetah CF card will start sampling this month and delivery by the end of March.

Pretec has been consistently demonstrated the highest capacity CF card in the world from 64MB (10/1998) to 6GB (3/2003), with higher capacity to be announced soon. In addition to the excellent track record of Pretec's relentless pursuit of innovation towards higher capacity and higher performance, Pretec has also established the reliability reputation by becoming the first CF card supplier in the world which can provide industrial and military grade rugged CF cards constructed with precision mechanics, full metal protection, sustain a wide range working temperature (-40C to approximately +125C) and offer an ultimate level of data protection and security features.

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Pretec 6GB CF and SD/IO Cards

Mon, 22 Sep 2003 20:55:22 Z

Pretec has today announced that they will be shipping sample 6GB rugged compact flash cards from next month and mass delivery by end of this year. They will have sustained read speeds of 8MB/sec and write speed of 7MB/sec. A 12GB CF Card is also planned in the 2nd half of next year. They have also announced the Platinum CF Card which has an all metal construction. A number of SD/IO cards, including the SD Camera(SmartCam) with VGA CMOS sensor, the SD Presenter which allows a PocketPC to output VGA, composite, and s-video to a monitor or projector. And lastly the CF Barcode Reader, which can turn a PocketPC into an instant productivity tool for use in inventory control, POS etc. Press Releases: Pretec demonstrates 6GB Rugged CF card Highest Capacity, Most Reliable, and Fastest in the world Computex Taipei, Sept. 22, 2003 – Pretec Electronics Corp., the 2nd company in the world offering CompactFlash memory card (CF) since 1995, today demonstrated the world’s 1st 6GB CF card at Computex 2003 (Booth # G225, 226, 293, 294 in Hall 3, A21). PRETEC has been shipping 3GB CF card since 2002, which is the highest capacity in the world up until now. 6GB CF card will start sampling next month at US$7499, and mass delivery by the end of this year. Pretec 12GB CF card is planned for demonstration by the 2nd half of next year. Pretec Platinum CF Card is constructed with precision mechanics and full metal protection for the first time to the consumer market from 128MB to 6GB. It is originated from the military and industrial grade CF card technology that Pretec pioneered a few years ago, the bending test conducted by reputable institute proves that Pretec Platinum CF card is 3 times better than regular plastic CF card in the market. Pretec also today announced the availability of Secure CF card, the 1st in the world to adopt CF security command enabling users to protect their confidential data through specific application software; the availability of ruggedized CF card with optional security CF card makes Pretec CF card to be the most reliable CF card in the world. The sustained read speed of 8MB/sec and write speed of 7MB/sec makes Pretec 6GB CF card one of the fastest in the world; as the search for speed is never ending, Pretec will keep launching higher speed CF card in the coming quarters. New SD IO cards and CF IO card Debut by Pretec at Computex Taipei CF Barcode Reader, SD Camera, and SD Presenter Computex Taipei, Sept 22, 2003 – Pretec Electronics Corp. the creator of CompactI/O. since 1997, will demonstrate several new CF IO cards such as Barcode Reader and Secure Digital (SD) I/O cards for PocketPC., such as SD Camera (SmartCam) and SD Presenter at Computex 2003. (Booth # G225, 226, 293, 294 in Hall 3, A21). Pretec CF Barcode Reader uses Laser scanning technology with automatic barcode detection (such as UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13/JAN-13, EAN-8/JAN-8, CODE 39, CODE 128, CODABAR/NW7, Interleave 25, etc.), which can turn PocketPC become an instant productivity tool, excellent for inventory control, POS and other mobile working environment. Sample will be available by Q4. SD Camera(SmartCam) with VGA CMOS senor, can take still image picture up to 20 frames per second or capture video clips up to 1280X1024 resolution, which is 400% better than most color screen ce[...]



Exclusive Pretec 1.5 GB and 3.0 GB CF test

Tue, 10 Dec 2002 21:12:20 Z

Exclusive: Today we received test samples of the largest capacity Compact Flash cards currently available. Pretec recently announced 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 GB Type II CF cards, we have the 1.5 and 3.0 GB for testing. The 1.5 GB can be used in almost any digital camera that supports CF Type II, the 3.0 GB requires a digital camera which supports FAT32 (in our case we tested it with Canon's EOS-1Ds). Performance was up there with some of our faster cards and the 3 GB card appeared to work without any problems on Canon's latest D-SLR. UPDATE: Thanks to a note from Pretec confirming the current list of digital cameras which support FAT32 filesystem (and are there compatible with the 3 GB card): (we have tested it with the EOS-1Ds and PowerShot G3) Canon EOS-1Ds Canon PowerShot G2 Canon PowerShot G3 Kodak Pro Back Kodak DCS 14n Pretec 1.5 and 3.0 Compact Flash Type II Tested At this stage we do not have pricing for these cards, sufficient to say that they're likely to be fairly pricey. Note that due to diffences between the way hard disk manufacturers label storage and computer operating systems the labelled capacity of these cards is slightly lower in reality (for more information see our Digital Film Comparison). The 1.5 GB card has 1.4 GiB of storage, the 3.0 GB card has 2.8 MiB of storage. Below you will see an image of each card, below that the capacity of the card as reported by Windows XP and below that a shot of the rear of an EOS-1Ds showing the capacity of each card as it sees them. Note that the available frames (280 / 563 were at ISO 640). Capacity The 3.0 GB card offers huge capacity which is especially welcome for users of the new double-figure megapixel digital SLR's. As you can see from the table below the 3.0 GB card offers up to 233 RAW and 734 JPEG images on the EOS-1Ds at ISO 100 (estimations). Also note that this card is not compatible with cameras that don't support the FAT32 filesystem.   Pretec 1.5 GB CF Type II Pretec 3.0 GB CF Type II EOS-1Ds JPEG ISO 100 * 365 734 EOS-1Ds RAW ISO 100 * 115 233 EOS-D60 JPEG 595 (not compatible) EOS-D60 RAW 202 (not compatible) * The EOS-1Ds changes its predictions of available space depending on the current ISO sensitivity (because higher sensitivity leads to larger images). Read / Write performance We measured the performance of the cards against Viking's excellent 512 MB CF Type I and the industry standard IBM Microdrive 1 GB Type II CF card. Tests were carried out firstly using our standard Firewire reader tests and then shooting a burst of 10 JPEG and 10 RAW files on an EOS-1Ds. Note that these last set of timings will also include camera processing time.   Firewire write Firewire read EOS-1Ds JPEG write EOS-1Ds RAW write Viking 512 MB CF Type I 1875 KB/sec 3190 KB/sec 1406 KB/sec 1675 KB/sec IBM Microdrive 1 GB CF Type II 3247 KB/sec 3432 KB/sec 1043 KB/sec 1677 KB/sec Pretec 1.5 GB CF Type II 1718 KB/sec 3622 KB/sec 1266 KB/sec 1550 KB/sec Pretec 3.0 GB CF Type II * 2210 KB/sec 3537 KB/sec 1449 KB/sec 1719 KB/sec * FAT32 only Other devices As noted above both cards worked perfectly well with our Firewire Compact Flash reader and was also compatible with a Compaq IPAQ 3870 with a CF sleeve.[...]



Pretec announce 1.5, 2 and 3 GB CF cards

Wed, 20 Nov 2002 11:17:02 Z

COMDEX 2002: Pretec Electronics Corp. has announced three new high capacity Compact Flash cards. Previously their largest capacity had been 640 MB, these new cards widen their range considerably. The 1.5 GB and 3.0 GB are CF Type II, the 2.0 GB is CF Type I. These new cards are all larger than anything else on the market, the 3.0 GB card will no doubt be of special interest to digital SLR photographers whose cameras continue to create larger and larger files as the manufacturers increase resolution year on year.

Phil: As pointed out by our forums members anything more than 2 GB is a problem for the FAT16 filesystem used by the majority of digital cameras. Pretec aren't yet commenting on whether the 3 GB card could be used on such digital cameras so we must assume that this high capacity card would only be useful on digital camera's which support a FAT32 filesystem (currently only Canon's EOS-1Ds).

Press Release:

Pretec introduces the world’s largest capacity 1.5 GB, 2GB and 3GB CompactFlash Card

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Las Vegas, NV, November 18, 2002 - Pretec Electronics Corp., the innovative and quality flash disk manufacturer since 1993, today introduced 1.5 gigabytes (GB), 2GB and 3GB CompactFlashTM Card (CF), the highest capacity of any small form factor flash memory card in the world. The new devices offer great solution for the need of high storage capacity dictated by the ever increasing demand for storing large digital content files, such as audio, digital still and video images.

The highest capacity CF card currently available in the market is 1GB, also available from Pretec. The demonstration of the 1.5GB CF card will be shown at Pretec booth #11258 at Central Hall, LVCC. Samples available immediately. 2GB and 3GB CF cards from Pretec will be demonstrated at Pretec private suite in Comdex by invitation only. 3GB CF card will be priced at $2499 for sampling quantity by the end of this year.

Industrial and military grade 1.5GB, 2GB, and 3GB CF cards are also available from Pretec. Designed with precision mechanics, and full metal protection, the breakthrough product sustains a wide range (-40° ~ 125°) working temperature and offers ultimate level of new data protection and security features to prevent user's image files, software, crucial data and products from being damaged. The card supports ATA/True IDE standard and consumes low power when operating, ideal for the applications used in harsh environment such as military aircraft, medical instrumentation, transportation vehicles, test and measurement equipments. The new ruggedized 1.5GB, 2GB and 3GB CF cards are another excellent track record of Pretec's relentless pursuit of innovation.




Pretec announces 640 MB Compact Flash card

Tue, 26 Jun 2001 04:00:00 Z

PC Expo: Pretec has announced what is now the largest flash memory Compact Flash card (clearly the 1 GB Microdrive is larger, but it is a hard drive device). There's also an "industrial and military grade" version, "Industrial and Military grade 640MB CF card is also available from Pretec. Designed with precision mechanics, and full metal protection, the breakthrough product sustains a wide range ( -40°C~125°C) working temperature and offers ultimate level of new data protection and security features to prevent user's image files, software, crucial data and products from being damaged." Pretec launched the product in assocation with Ricoh at PC Expo: Ricoh and Pretec Team Up to Show 640MB CompactFlash Card The largest capacity CF card in the world works perfectly with the first Internet-ready digital camera in the world New York, N.Y June 25, 2001 (PC Expo) - The largest capacity CompactFlash card in the world, 640MB from Pretec Electronics Corp. has been tested and approved by Ricoh Co. Ltd. in Japan to be compatible with Ricoh RDC-i700 and RDC-i500 (2048 x 1536, 3.34 megapixel) digital cameras running current firmware. Ricoh's RDC-i700 is the World's first network and Internet-ready digital camera. With RDC-i700's excellent image capture and build-in communication capabilities, this camera provides the ability for users to send and receive images via email and to browse the Internet. RDC-i700 was selected by Time Magazine as "Invention of the year 2000" in the Consumer Technology category in it's December 4, 2000 issue. When equipped with Pretec CompactModem or CompactLAN card, RDC-i700/RDC-i500 combines digital imaging and the power of the Internet so that the user may capture still pictures, sounds or videos and instantly share them with anyone, at anytime, from anywhere. Pretec's 640MB CF card provides needed capacity for RDC i700, taking approximately 527 pictures under the highest resolution mode or 1500 pictures for XGA resolution, or 3900 pictures for VGA resolution, and capturing up to one (1) hour moves in AVI format. "High capacity flash card is an important part of the image communication on the run, the combination of Pretec 640MB CF card and Ricoh RDC-i700/RDC-i500 provides excellent choice of image capture and communication for business users such as Journalists/Reporters, Real Estate Brokers, Insurance Agents, Law Enforcement Officers, etc." said Jeff Lengyel, Manager of Wireless Imaging. "We are pleased to team up with Pretec to offer Dependable Digital TM solutions for the mobile business communities" In addition to the approved Pretec CF memory cards ranging from 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB , 320MB and 640MB, Pretec 56Kbps CompactModem card and 10Mbps CompactLAN card have all been approved by Ricoh as excellent image communication companions working with RDC-i700 and RDC-i500. Industrial and Military grade 640MB CF card is also available from Pretec. Designed with precision mechanics, and full metal protection, the breakthrough product sustains a wide range ( -40?~125?) working temperature and offers ultimate level of new data protection and security features to prevent user's image files, software, crucial data and products from being damaged. The card supports ATA/True IDE standard and consumes low power when operating, ideal for the applications used in harsh environment such as military aircraft, medical instrumentation, transportation vehicles, test and measurement equipments. The new ruggedized[...]



128MB CompactFlash Card from Pretec

Tue, 24 Aug 1999 04:00:00 Z

Business Wire:

Pretec Electronics Corporation, the creator of Compact I/O (tm) card, will be demonstrating the 128MB CompactFlash(tm) (CF+) card, the highest capacity CF+ card available in the world today, at Pretec booth (Booth No. E-2, Stand C16, Hall 9) here in CeBIT.

Previous world record of the highest capacity CF+ card (80MB), also developed and manufactured exclusively by Pretec, is available now in production quantity to OEM customers at $200 each. Production of 128MB CF+ card is scheduled in April, and 320MB card will be sampling by 2nd half of 1999.

Pretec's high speed CF+ card is fully compliant with CompactFlash(tm) Type II specification, and is compatible with IBM's microdrive -- the smallest hard disk in the world (www.ibm.com/storage/microdrive). Based on the state-of-the-art 0.25um process technology, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 256M/512M bit AND-gate architecture flash memory chips from Hitachi, and Pretec's proprietary controller, circuit design and packaging technology, Pretec breaks its own record again by offering the highest capacity card in the world.

By adding a CF+ adapter (a patented high quality and low cost design which is also available from Pretec), this CF+ card replaces today's ATA Flash PC card in many applications. Ranging from 2MB to 320MB, Pretec's CF+ card not only well suits the applications running on digital cameras, audio recorders, Windows CE Palm-sized PC, Handheld PC, AutoPC, industrial control, etc., but may also be the perfect storage solution to a variety of new applications such as digital video and MP3 audio.

As the only manufacturer in the world to mass produce CF+ cards, Pretec also provides its OEM customers with component tooling and materials such as frame kits, ground clips, panels, connectors, cables, and assembly/subcontracting/turn-key services. Other than CF+ flash memory card, Pretec offers CF+ I/O cards such as Fax/Modem, Ethernet LAN, Serial, Parallel, and IrDA cards, which were demonstrated at Comdex 1998 in Las Vegas. With an optional CF+ adapter, all these cards become full-fledged Type II PC cards, to be used in millions of notebook computers equipped with PC card slots.

Phils note: Looks interesting, it's not clear from this article whether the CF card is only CF type II (as in thicker than normal CF cards) or is "compatible" with that standard, I'll try to clarify that detail.




160 and 320MB CompactFlash from Pretec

Tue, 24 Aug 1999 04:00:00 Z

Pretec Electronics Corporation, the creator of CompactModem(TM) and Compact I/O(TM) card, will be demonstrating the 160MB CompactFlash(TM) (CF+) card, the highest capacity CompactFlash(TM) memory card available in the world today, at Microsoft Windows CE Developers Conference on June 6-9 at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Note that CF+ (or CF Type II cards) only fit into compatible
CF slots such as found on the Canon PowerShot Pro 70.

(image) Pretec's 160MB CF+ card will be demonstrated by the Keynote Speaker of the Conference, Harel Kodesh, VP Productivity Appliance of Microsoft during the Keynote speech ``Windows CE 2001, A look in the Crystal Ball at the Future of Windows CE''. With the world's first 160MB CF+ memory card from Pretec, one (1) hour of MPEG movie or five (5) hours of MP4 music can be played by the upcoming Microsoft Pocket Media Player for Windows CE Palm-sized PC (PPC) such as Compaq Aero 2100, HP Jornada 420, Casio E-100, or Philips Nino-500. CompactSCAN(TM), another revolutionary laser-based bar code scanner in CompactFlash form factor developed by Pretec, will also be shown to the audience of more than 4000+ developers by Microsoft during the speech.

The 80MB CF+ card (announced in CES 99 at Las Vegas) is in production now. The 128MB CF+ card (demonstrated in CeBIT 99 at Hannover, Germany) and the160MB CF+ card demonstrated today, will start sampling by the summer. 320MB CF+ prototype will be available by Q4/99. Pretec's CompactFlash card offerings covers the capacity of 2MB, 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 48MB, 64MB, 80MB, 96MB, 128MB, 160MB, 192MB, 256MB, and 320MB.

Pretec's high capacity CF+ card is fully compliant with CompactFlash(TM) Type II specification (See more information at www.storage.ibm.com/ hardsoft/diskdrdl/ micro/d-spec-2.htm), and is compatible with IBM's microdrive - the smallest hard disk in the world (www.ibm.com/storage/ microdrive). Based on the state-of-the-art 0.25um process technology, Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 256M/512M bit AND-gate architecture flash memory chips from Hitachi and Mitsubishi, and Pretec's proprietary controller technology, design and packaging capabilities, Pretec breaks its own record again by offering the highest capacity card in the world. By adding a CF+ adapter (available from Pretec now), this CF+ card can replace today's ATA Flash PC card in many applications.

Other than 160MB CF+ memory card and CompactSCAN, Pretec also displays various CF+ I/O cards in the Conference such as CompactModem(TM), CompactLAN(TM), CompactSerial(TM), CompactParallel(TM), CompactSSFDC(TM), and one early prototype of CompactGPS(TM), all of them the first of its kind in the world. With an optional CF+ adapter, all these CF+ cards originally designed for PPC, become full-fledged Type II PC cards, to be used in millions of notebook computers equipped with PC card slots.