Delkin Devices Inc.’s CompactFlash CardBus adapter has worked with the Mac for well over a year, but recently the company announced driver support for the company’s other eFilm CardBus readers. Users can now download drivers that enable the company’s 5-in-1 CardBus reader to work with Mac OS X as well. CardBus is an expansion card format supported on Apple’s PowerBook line all the way back to the PowerBook G3 (excluding the 12-inch PowerBook model).
With eFilm CardBus readers in hand, PowerBook users don’t need to hook up digital cameras to their Macs — they can insert the camera’s flash storage media in the reader instead. The
reader supports xD, Secure Digital (SD), MultimediaCard, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro flash formats. It will ship in March for US$49.99. The CompactFlash eFilm CardBus reader remains available for $49.99 as well.
In related news, Delkin has also announced its SD-Xtra card. With a removable cover in place, the SD-Xtra card can fit in any SD slot in a camera or other SD-compatible device. Without the cover, it becomes a USB thumbdrive, and can plug into any standard USB port and be recognized as a mass storage device. Capacities range from 128MB to 1GB.
Delkin expects the SD-Xtra Card to hit camera store shelves and be available for purchase through its Web site in March. The SD-Xtra Card will initially be available in 128MB and 256MB capacities for $39.99 and $59.99 respectively; Delkin expects the 512MB and 1GB models to be available in the second calendar quarter of 2005, and did not announce prices for those.