If you use flash media for your digital camera, MP3 player or other device, you may be interested in a couple of new product offerings from Japanese peripheral maker Y-E Data. The company has announced the pending availability of the Hexa Media Drive and the Memory Card Viewer.
The Hexa Media Drive is a USB-based device that enables users of Macs or PCs to read from and write to just about all common flash media formats, including CompactFlash, Smart Media and MicroDrive, SD Card, MultiMedia Card (MMC) and Memory Stick.
The company noted that the Hexa Media Drive is powered by a custom integrated circuit called Galileo, which supports simultaneous read and write on up to four memory cards. It’s a USB 1.1-based chipset. The Hexa Media Drive is recognized by the host computer as a Mass Storage Device, and Y-E Data said that it works with Mac OS 8.6 – X.
Coming to market in the middle of December, the Hexa Media Drive’s price is still yet to be determined, according to Y-E Data.
Y-E Data’s Memory Card Viewer is a convergence device, as it were. The reader has a USB interface that can be hooked up to a computer, and supports both Compact Flash and Smart Media formats. What sets the Memory Card Viewer apart is its ability to output content directly to a TV or monitor via a built-in composite video out port.
The Memory Card Viewer will ship with a remote control that enables users to control the device and scan through the pictures on the CompactFlash or Smart Media card. A split screen mode enables viewers to see up to 16 images at once. Slide show, rotation, zoom and delete functions are also incorporated.
Expect to see the Memory Card Viewer make its way to market by February, 2002. Like the Hexa Media Drive, Y-E Data said that pricing is still open at this point. For more details, visit the company’s Web site.