PRETEC Electronics Corp.

March 10, 2005 00:00 ET

PRETEC Introduces C-Flash Next Generation Super Small Flash Memory Card


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MARCH 10, 2005 - 00:00 ET

PRETEC Introduces C-Flash Next Generation Super Small
Flash Memory Card

HANOVER, Germany--(CCNMatthews - Mar 9, 2005) -

PRETEC Electronics Corp., creator of the smallest USB flash drive in the
world since 2002, is introducing today a new generation of flash memory
card and module, C-Flash, at CeBIT 2005 (Hall 23, D30) in Hanover.

With physical size of 17mm x 12mm x 1.0mm, about 1/3 the volume of
RS-MMC or miniSD, C-Flash is one of the smallest form factor flash
memory cards in the world. Taking advantage of the built-in smart card
(SIM card) support, multimedia mobile phones utilizing C-Flash will
require a smaller footprint for the memory card allowing for new designs
not previously possible with existing memory card formats. Multiple
interface functions such as MMC/SD and USB make C-Flash the most
versatile flash memory card in the world. Supporting the most popular
high capacity flash IC today such as those from Micron, Renesas, Samsung
and Toshiba, C-Flash supports the widest range of flash sources for any
small form factor card (Table 1).

Capable to support MU-Card, a specification from greater China lead by
Mu-Card Alliance of OMIA (Open Mobile Internet Alliance), with capacity
up to 2048GB (500 times of MMC capacity) and transfer speed up to
120MB/s (10 times of SD speed), C-Flash has been adopted by Mu-Card
Alliance as the next small form factor of MU-Card (called MU-Flash).
Pretec is currently sampling 128MB C-Flash to major mobile phone makers,
with capacity of 1GB available by Q2 of 2005. Mobile phones with C-Flash
bundling will be in the market start from Q3 of 2005.

Pretec will also offer various adapters for C-Flash such as SD, miniSD,
MMC, RS-MMC and USB; users can buy only one flash card, C-Flash, and at
the same time be able to use different mobile devices such as DSC,
mobile phone, MP3, PDA, etc. with various interfaces (SD, miniSD, MMC,
RS-MMC, USB).

C-Flash has also been submitted to MMCA to be considered as the next
small form factor standard of MMC. According to Gartner Dataquest
report, MMC will become #1 form factor of flash memory card in 2005,
with market share projection of 34% (SD 30% and memory Stick 20%).

About PRETEC

PRETEC™ Electronics Corp. (http://www.PRETEC.com) offers a complete
spectrum of small form factor memory cards and card readers such as
ATA/CF card, IDE & Mini-IDE Flash Drive (MIDE.), SmartMedia™,
MultiMedia Card™, and SD Card for the digital imaging, mobile
computing, and Military/Industrial Control markets; and is the creator
of Innovative CompactI/O™ cards for PocketPC™, digital cameras and
many IA devices. PRETEC has consistently demonstrated the highest
capacity CF cards in the world; such as 80MB, 128MB, 160MB, 320MB,
640MB, 1.5GB, 2GB, 3GB, 6GB, and 12GB CF card at various locations
around the world for the past five years.

Note: MIDE., and CompactI/O. are trademarks of PRETEC Electronics
Corporation. PocketPC is trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other
trademarks mentioned herein are recognized as the property of their
respective holders.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    PRETEC Electronics Corp.
    Brian Grundell, 510-580-8330 (US & Canada)
    email: BrianG@PRETEC.com
    or
    PRETEC Europe GmbH
    Joachim Kurten, +49 (0) 2921-981-0810 (Europe)
    email: JK@PRETEC.com
    or
    C-ONE Technology Corp.
    Ingrid Wu, +886 (2) 2659-4380 (Worldwide)
    email: IngridW@c1tech.com.tw