Flash card for cameras

Fuji Photo Film, working with Olympus Optical, has developed the xD-Picture Card, a high-capacity flash memory card for digital cameras.

Fuji Photo Film, along with Olympus Optical, has developed the xD-Picture Card, a high-capacity flash memory card for digital cameras.

The xD-Picture Card will be the smallest storage format of its kind on the market – comparable in size to a penny, measuring just 0.79 in x 0.98 in x 0.07 in, and weighing less than one-tenth of an ounce – with the potential for up to 8GByte storage capacity in a single card. Initially, however, Fujifilm xD-Picture Cards will have 16MByte, 32MByte, 64MByte and 128MByte capacities, with a 256MByte card planned for later this year.

The xD-Picture Cards have fast read/write speeds. A 16 or 32MByte card can record data at 1.3MByte/sec. A 64MB card or higher can record data at 3MByte/sec and both offer a read speed of 5MByte/sec.

Both Fujifilm and Olympus will offer cameras compatible with the xD-Picture Card this autumn, at which time PCMCIA and CompactFlash adapters will be available.