SanDisk Corp. has introduced four new ImageMate flash memory card readers. All the new readers sport USB 2.0 compatibility, though they’re downwardly compatible with the slower USB 1.1 interface still used on all Mac models.
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New models include the SDDR-91, a single slot reader that accepts CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards and IBM MicroDrives; the SDDR-93, which works with SD and MultiMediaCard media; the SDDR-95, which works with SmartMedia and xD-Picture Cards; and the SDDR-97, which supports Sony’s Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO formats. SanDisk claims to be the first to ship a single-slot reader capable of supporting both the Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO formats.
Each of the new single-slot readers costs US$19.99 each, except for the SmartMedia/xD model, which costs $24.99 instead. SanDisk plans to have the new readers available early in the second quarter at retail locations.
The ImageMate readers are USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliant, which means they’re plug-and-play compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.1.12 or higher. (As well as various flavors of Windows, but who really cares?)