Iomega heeft aangekondigd een 100MB versie van PocketZip drive ontwikkeld te hebben, voorheen nog bekend als Clik! schijfjes. Ten opzichte van zijn voorganger is zijn opslagcapiciteit meer dan verdubbeld, terwijl de prijs per disk slechts 10 dollar bedraagt. Met deze specs is het een erg interessant medium voor gebruik in portable MP3-players; er staan al nieuwe versies van de HipZip! op de planning voor de herfst. Lees hieronder meer info uit de press release:
Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in data management solutions, today announced the IomegaŽ PocketZipTM 100MB drive for handheld consumer electronics devices. A dramatic new low-cost portable storage standard for a new generation of digital audio, video, and imaging devices, the PocketZip 100MB drive leverages Iomega's proven PocketZip technology and offers two and a half times the storage capacity.
The new PocketZip 100MB disks will retail for as little as $10 each, compared with 32MB solid state memory cards priced at about $60-more than three times the capacity for one sixth the price, or an 18-to-1 cost savings advantage for consumers using the Iomega PocketZip 100MB disk.
"We expect Iomega's new 100MB PocketZip drive to be a sensational product for the next generation of portable digital devices," said Bruce Albertson, president and CEO, Iomega Corporation. "We've already proven the PocketZip drive's reliability in the toughest arena there is, digital audio players. Now we're giving consumers enough storage capacity to record one or more full CDs in virtually any format on an easily swappable and sharable 100MB disk. That's an irresistible deal for consumers and a compelling reason for original equipment manufacturers to migrate from expensive solid state memory cards to the PocketZip platform."
Dramatically increased magnetic storage capacity is a continuing trend in the storage industry. The PocketZip 100MB drive, which lowers the cost of removable storage to as little as ten cents per megabyte, is expected to be the catalyst for a new generation of portable devices from Iomega and OEM partners. "Devices that were impractical with solid state memory costs of $1.50 to $2.00 per megabyte become eminently practical when consumer costs with PocketZip disks fall to a dime per megabyte," said Albertson.
Iomega's plans include the introduction this fall of a new 100MB model of its popular HipZipTM digital audio player. Consumer products that stand to benefit from lifting the constraints of price and capacity include digital audio players, handheld MPEG-4 digital video devices, PDAs, and megapixel digital cameras. Business and home office devices that can benefit from a built-in PocketZip 100MB drive or accessory include PDAs, laptop computers, LCD projectors, and printers. And because PocketZip disks are rewritable and do not need to be physically flipped in the drive to read their full capacity, they are an ideal format for editing and updating large files.
[...] Iomega's PocketZip 100MB drive and disks will be available internationally in the third quarter of 2001. Products based on the new drive are expected to be available for holiday sales.