Cornice Inc. is known for making an inexpensive miniature hard drive used in many MP3 players. Today, the company introduced a higher-capacity version of this.
The latest model of the Cornice Storage Element can store 2 gigabytes of data. The company believes this would be ideal for use in a variety of types of handhelds.
For example, it is capable of storing an entire continent’s worth of maps for a GPS device such as the Garmin iQue 3600. And, as multimedia files become ever larger, any type of handheld can use more storage space. This minidrive can store more than three hours of VHS-quality video. It can also store many hours of music in MP3 format.
According to a Cornice spokesperson, several handheld manufacturers are investigating the possibility of using this component in upcoming models. However, he wasn’t willing to say if any had committed to using it yet.
The 2.0-gigabyte Storage Element is now available in volume quantities. The list price is only $70 per unit in quantities of 100,000 per year. Though several companies make miniature hard drives, Cornice offers the lowest cost per gigabyte.
The company introduced a 1.5 GB mini hard drive in June of last year. Since then , it has been used in MP3 players, video camcorders, and USB keychain drives. More information is available on the Cornice web site.