Pretec Debuts Yet Another Memory Card Format

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Pretec is introducing a New Memory Card Format for smartphones today at the CeBIT tradeshow.

C-Flash cards will be very small, and the format appears to have been created as a rival to SanDisk’s TransFlash format.

The cards will be just 0.7 inches by 0.5 inches by 0.04 inches (17 mm by 12 mm by 1.0 mm), which means they will be about a third of the volume of RS-MMC or miniSD cards,

Taking advantage of the built-in smart card (SIM card) support, phones utilizing C-Flash will require less space for their memory card slots than if they used rival formats.

Pretec C-Flash Cards will have support for SD/MMC and USB, and Pretec will also offer various adapters for C-Flash such as SD, miniSD, MMC, RS-MMC and USB.

This format will also have support for MU-Card, a specification from China lead by Mu-Card Alliance. C-Flash has been adopted as the next small form factor version of MU-Card (called MU-Flash).

C-Flash has also been submitted to the MMC Association to be considered as the next small form factor standard of MMC.

Pretec is currently sampling 128 MB C-Flash cards to major mobile phone makers, and 1 GB cards are expected to be available by the second quarter of this year. Mobile phones with C-Flash slots will be in the market this summer.

This announcement was made at the CeBIT 2005 tradeshow, going on now in Hanover, Germany.

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