PDA News: Clie CF Cards, SD Memory gains ground, Tungsten C and Zire 71

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Sony CLIE CompactFlash Memory Card Drivers Released

Clie users have been waiting for some time for the much rumored CompactFlash (CF) drivers that would provide for the ability of their Clie CF Expansion slots to use standard CF memory instead of just the WL100 Wireless networking card.  Today EruWare announced the availability of these drivers that enables Clie models PEG-NX60, PEG-NX70V, and PEG-NZ90 to use the CompactFlash slot for standard CompactFlash memory.  According to the maker of these drivers EruWare: “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 MemoryStick slot on the Clie, thereby allowing access to selected built-in applications such as Audio Player and Movie Player.”

EruWare will keep adding features to the drivers and utility program, upgrades will be free to those who purchase the the drivers for $27.00 at www.eruware.com

SecureDigital Memory Gains Popularity, CompactFlash Loses

Still on the subject of Memory Card storage.  Data was released today showing which memory card formats owned what percent of the market usage.  SecureDigital memory made the biggest gains by far, jumping from 10.8% of the memory card market at the beginning of 2002 to 22.9% for the first two months of 2003. The retail market company releasing these numbers, NPD, say they expect the growth trend for Secure Digital cards to continue.  Meanwhile, CompactFlash continued its 4 year trend of losing market share, it now represents 24.6% of the memory market, down from 34.1% last year.  The MemoryStick from Sony lost just a little bit of market share, it holds 19.6% of the memory market sales.

Palm Releases Tungsten C and Zire 71 in United States, Enters Chinese Market

Palm Zire 71

Tomorrow marks another big day for the release of Palm hardware products.  The Palm Tungsten C and Palm Zire 71  will officially hit store shelves.  BargainPDA already has the Tungsten C in hand, we’ll have pictures and a few thoughts on it soon.  The Tungsten C features 802.11b built in Wi-Fi and 64MB of storage, a cool keypad, and 400 MHz processor and is priced at $499.  The Zire 71 features a camera to not only organize but “capture your life”.  The camera gimmick will likely sell a few of these and that’s a shame because cameras built into PDAs and cell phones don’t make a good device, however, we like the 320 x 320 screen and 16MB of Storage this device comes with the Zire 71 and it definitely puts the first Zire effort to shame.  In other Palm news, the Tungsten T, m500 and Zire have been released in China as Palm enters that market for the first time.  The Chinese handheld market is dominated by companies such as HiTech and Min Ren, companies that don’t sell any PDAs in the U.S.



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