Flash memory just got bigger with the announcement from
it is now shipping a
128MB SmartMedia memory card, one of the first to make it to store shelves.
First shipments began at the end of January to retail channels and OEM manufacturers looking to bundle the 128MB card with their products.
Test by Delkin technicians with the FujiFilm Finepix S1 Pro digital camera indicated the card could store 264 pictures in Basic JPEG mode, 110 at a Normal JPEG resolution, 52 images in Fine JPEG, 10 pictures in TIFF-YC, and 6 images in TIFF-RGB recording mode. As for storing MP3 files, a single 128MB SmartMedia card can store approximately 32 MP3 formatted songs (MP3 files tested were 3 min in length, 4MB each).
The new 128MB SmartMedia card still remains the same physical size (45mm x 37mm x .76mm thick) as previous 3.3v SmartMedia cards, yet stores two additional flash memory chips.
“To increase the capacity of the SmartMedia card to 128MB without increasing the size, engineers needed to redesign the layout of the PCB board to hold a total of four 256Mbit NAND flash memory chips. Together, these 256Mbit chips would act as a 1Gbit chip,” said Arthur Blanck, Chief Technical Officer, Delkin Devices.
Delkin did not release pricing on the product, nor has it posted pricing for it through its online store. The 64MB memory card sells for US$199.95.