New mini storage
Manufacturer Q-Tek presented a revolutionary storage medium at this year's Comdex: The 'USBDrives' with integrated flash memory. These do not have their own power supply and are simply plugged into the USB port of notebooks or PCs without any cable.
Under Windows, the 'USBDrive' then appears as a removable hard drive that can be written to and read out as normal can. What is special about these drives? They are very small (W * H * D: 89 x 20 x 10mm) and therefore fit in any trouser, vest or shirt pocket. Added to this is the very light weight of less than 50 grams. From December 2000, the 'USB drives' with memory sizes from 16 to 512 MB will be available. The smallest version costs around 70 US dollars, 64 MBytes around 200 US dollars. Q-Tek indicates the read and write speed as 800 or 500 KByte per second. The drives only work under Windows 9x, Me, 2000 and MacOS, so Linux users are left out for the time being.