PRETEC Electronics Corp.

March 10, 2005 00:00 ET

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



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,

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%).


PRETEC™ Electronics Corp. ( 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.




Contact Information

    PRETEC Electronics Corp.
    Brian Grundell, 510-580-8330 (US & Canada)
    PRETEC Europe GmbH
    Joachim Kurten, +49 (0) 2921-981-0810 (Europe)
    C-ONE Technology Corp.
    Ingrid Wu, +886 (2) 2659-4380 (Worldwide)