CompactFlash Memory Card Drivers for Clié Released

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EruWare has released its highly-anticipated first application: a driver that allows Sony models with CompactFlash slots to use memory cards.

NX70V Back View The EruWare CompactFlash Storage Card Driver for the Sony Clie works on the PEG-NX70V, PEG-NX60, and PEG-NZ90, the only Sony models with CF slots. It does not work with the PEGA-CF60, a CF adapter released only in Japan.

A utility program is provided with the driver that allows users to auto-mount cards, making the functioning of the CF cards as transparent as Memory Sticks. This utility also allows users to make the CompactFlash slot behave as though it were the Memory Stick slot, thereby allowing access to selected built-in applications such as Audio Player and Movie Player

This driver is only for memory cards. It does not allow the handheld to use other types of CF accessories.

It is available now for $27 from the company’s webstore. EruWare plans to continue to add features. All purchasers will receive free lifetime upgrades of the driver.

Background

When Sony first announced the NX series, many people were happy to learn that it has a CompactFlash slot. However, their joy quickly faded when they learned that the slot only supports a single CF card, the Sony WL100 Wireless networking Card, and no others, not even CF memory cards. The same is true of the NZ90, which debuted in January.

This is in keeping with Sony’s policy of supporting only Memory Sticks on its handhelds. It isn’t likely to do anything that supports a rival memory card format.

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