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xD-Picture flash memory from Olympus and Fuji

Olympus and Fuji Photo Film, having together developed the xD-Picture ("eXtreme digital") flash memory standard, announced the release of new card lines.

xD-Picture cards are similar to the popular SmartMedia in size, but still are smaller and lighter: their volume is about 0.85 cubic cm, size — 20.0x25.0x1.7 mm, weight — 2g. in the future xD-Picture Card will have up to 8GB capacity. They are compatible with many current digital cameras that feature Compact Flash slots (via a special adapter) and will be priced similar to SmartMedia cards.

xD-Picture flash memory will be produced in cooperation with Toshiba Corp. (SmartMedia brand owner, by the way) and will appear in retail already in fall, first, wuth Olympus and Fujifilm digital cameras.

In August we´ll see 16MB, 32MB, 64MB cards, in September — 128MB ones. And already in December 256MB cards will be announced. 512MB, 1GB and 8GB cards are expected on the market within 2003.

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