Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd, of Japan today announced they’ve jointly developed the xD-Picture (as in “eXtreme digital”) Card. The card is a new type of memory media with a compact design about the size of a postage stamp and has an image storage capacity of up to 8GB. The card offers compatibility with different digital camera brands and prices that are comparable to current SmartMedia cards.
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The xD-Picture Card will be produced on consignment by Toshiba Corp. in Japan and introduced in the Americas this fall along with digital cameras from Olympus and Fujifilm that support the media. With a Compact Flash adapter the xD-Picture Card can be used with any Compact Flash compatible device. A USB Reader/Writer provides computer connectivity, as does a PCMCIA PC Card adapter for laptops.
With a volume of 0.85cc and a weight of 2g, the xD-Picture Card boasts the smallest form factor of any digital memory card, according to John Knaur, Olympus’ product manager for the Digital Consumer Products Group. Plus, its small size will enable development of even smaller digital cameras, he said.
Four types of cards will be available initially: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, and 128MB. Due in December are 256MB cards, with 512MB, 1GB and 8GB versions planned for 2003.