Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.
has introduced the 256MB xD-Picture Card, a high-capacity flash memory format for digital cameras. The company said the card can store up to 444 digital images, captured at three megapixels and recorded at normal resolution.
The xD-Picture Card, developed by Fujifilm and Olympus, is small, measuring 0.79 by 0.98 by 0.07 inches and weighing less than one-tenth of an ounce. The two companies said that the technology’s eventual storage limit may hit 8GB in a single card.
The xD-Picture Card also minimizes power consumption to save battery life and provides fast read/write capabilities, according to Frank Bulzomi, Fuji’s senior marketing manager, Magnetic Markets Division. It comes in capacities of 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB with a read rate of 5MB per second and a write rate of 3MB per second. PCMCIA and CompactFlash adapters are also currently available to allow the use of xD-Picture cards in a variety of cameras and other devices.