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AOpen releases CD-RW/Flash Memory combo drive XSW-2410U

Written by Lasse Penttinen @ 13 Jun 2003 10:45 User comments (2)

Aopen has released an interesting combo drive, featuring CD-RW and flash memory card technology. The drive can also be operated with a re-chargeable battery, is USB connected and support 6 types of flash media.
Technical specifications:
  • 24x CD-R writing speed
  • 10x CD-RW rewriting speed
  • One-button copying with or without error checking
  • USB 2.0 compatible
  • Can be operated via the Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • Supports FAT16 and FAT32 read/write mode
  • ISO9660 multi-session CD-RW write support

  • Supported flash memory cards:
  • Memory Stick (MS)
  • Smart Media (SM)
  • Multimedia Card (MMC)
  • Secure Digital (SD) card
  • Compact Flash (CF) card, type I
  • Compact Flash (CF) card, type II

  • An ideal partner for a digital camera perhaps?


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    2 user comments

    113.6.2003 12:56

    2 years ago I thought this would be a cool idea. but now with the harddrive based ones, I don't see the big deal now. Especially now that 512 MB CF cards are relatively cheap now (around $120). Between 3 512 cards and my Mindstor 20 GB drive, I can go a entire day of very active picture taking and download at the end of the day (or at least a few times during the day). Now what would be cool would be a DVD/RW combo card reader. At 4.7 MB per disc, I can see the use of that. Typical, folks build cool stuff a year or so too late. BTW, this isn't the first company to do a CDRW drive like this, but probably one of the first "well known" ones. A drive like this will probably appeal to folks stuck with several smaller flash cards (especially formats other than CF).

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    213.6.2003 14:59

    Correction, DVD holds 4.7 Gigabytes not megabytes. Also, I can't seem to find this product on the AOpen website. Anyone have the URL?

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