Lexar Introduces 300x Professional Flash Memory Cards, Card Readers
Lexar introduced Professional UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) memory cards, the latest addition to the company’s Professional line of high-performance cards. When paired with a UDMA-enabled device, such as Lexar’s new Professional FireWire 800 Reader, UDMA cards reduce the time needed to download captured images to a destination computer. In addition, the benefits of Lexar Professional UDMA memory cards extend beyond card-to-computer transfer rates to improved in-camera performance in several UDMA-enabled digital camera backs and digital SLR cameras expected to be announced later this year. Speed-rated at 300x, or capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 45MB per second, and available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, new Lexar Professional UDMA cards deliver a 125% performance improvement over Lexar’s previous generation 133x CompactFlash product line when the card is used with a UDMA-enabled device.
Like all products in the Lexar Professional line, the new 300x speed-rated cards come with a limited lifetime warranty, free dedicated technical support, and a suite of software that includes a full version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X, Lexar Image Rescue 3 and Lexar Backup n Sync. Lexar Professional 300x speed-rated flash memory cards will be available in April.
Lexar also introduced two new professional-grade flash memory card readers designed to deliver increased download speeds from the card to a computer. One reader features a new industrial design and is fully compatible with two new flash card interface standards: Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) CompactFlash, a high-performance flash memory protocol based on the CompactFlash form factor, and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), a memory standard that supports capacities of 4GB and higher in the Secure Digital (SD) form factor. The second reader is an upgrade to Lexar’s already-existing stackable model that allows for concurrent download of information from multiple flash memory cards.
Like its predecessor, the Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader has a stackable design and allows for concurrent download of images stored on multiple cards when up to four readers are daisy-chained together. The Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader is compatible with all CompactFlash (Type I and Type II), MicroDrives, and UDMA-enabled CompactFlash cards, including Lexar’s recently introduced 300x speed-rated family. It ships with one 1-meter and one 18-centimeter FireWire 800 cables. The 18-cm cable is convenient when two or more readers are daisy-chained or when the reader is used with a laptop. The reader is also compatible with FireWire 400 devices when used with an optional FireWire 800-to-400 cable (sold separately).
Lexar’s new high-performance Professional Dual-Slot Reader is USB 2.0-enabled and fully compatible with SD, SDHC, CompactFlash and UDMA-enabled CompactFlash memory cards.
The Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader will be available in April for the suggested retail price of $79.99, while the Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader will be available in June for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Both new flash memory card readers require Windows XP or later, or Mac OS 10.2.8 or higher.
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