by David, 15 June 2003
like PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras and so on all usually come
with some form of upgradeable internal storage for storing all those
MP3s, pictures, emails, programs and so on. With the proliferation
of digital devices in the market, there has also been an increase
in the demand for digital storage media for those devices. A multitude
of storage types and formats are available for use on the aforementioned
devices. CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MMC, MicroDrive
etc are among the names and phrases being thrown around. With prices
of flash memory storage becoming more and more affordable, there
is really no reason to put off getting some extra storage for your
you're looking for an affordable flash memory upgrade for your digital
toys, and your device uses CompactFlash memory; Crucial has the
goods for you. We recently received a 64MB CompactFlash card from
Crucial for review.
is a company well known for it's memory solutions. Being a division
of Micron, Crucial produces memory modules using Micron chips among
others. Crucial's product line also happens to include CompactFlash
(CF) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) solutions. To complement that segment
of their line, Crucial introduced their own line of stationary and
portable flash memory card readers. Recently we took a look at their
Portable USB Card Reader, which we will use to test the 64MB
CompactFlash card for this review.
some information on CF cards, taken from Crucial's website:
CompactFlash memory card is a solid state disk card with a 50-pin
connector. The pins provide a connection between the memory and
the CompactFlash drive in your electronic device. CompactFlash
cards are used more like a hard drive than RAM. They are designed
with flash technology, a non-volatile storage solution that does
not lose its information once power is removed from the card.
The cards contain no moving parts and are extremely rugged, providing
much greater protection of data than conventional magnetic disk
drives. CompactFlash cards are commonly used in portable applications
such as digital cameras, digital music players, personal digital
assistants (PDAs) and test equipment. Crucial CompactFlash cards
are available in 50-pin CompactFlash Type I. When buying CompactFlash,
be sure it is the type of memory card your device takes. (Information
on which memory cards are used by your system is included in the
Memory Selector.) Crucial CompactFlash Type I cards can be used
in a Type II or Type III PCMCIA slot with an optional adapter
or with card readers that connect to USB ports and serial ports.
CompactFlash Type I cards weigh just a half-ounce and are about
the size of a matchbook (1.6" long, 1.4" high, and .13"
thick). They are thinner and consume less power than Type II and
Type III cards. They have two parallel rows of 25 pins on one
edge of the card.
take a closer look at the goods, shall we?
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