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Capacious, compact memory cards

Olympus and FujiFilm announce new digital camera media

Olympus and FujiFilm have announced a new type of memory media, which twins a compact design with capacious storage. The xD-Picture Card (xD, means extreme digital), is the size of a postage stamp, but can offer capacities up to 8GB.

The cards are compatible with other camera brands — not just FujiFilm and Olympus models — and should priced similarly to SmartMedia cards.

Toshiba will produce the xD-Picture Cards, which will ship in the US this autumn with cameras from FujiFilm and Olympus that support the media. UK release dates have not yet been announced.

With a volume of 0.85cc and a weight of 2g, the xD-Picture Card boasts the smallest form factor of any digital memory card, according to John Knaur, Olympus' product manager for the Digital Consumer Products Group. Plus, its dinky size will enable development of even smaller digital cameras, he said.

Four types of cards will be available initially: 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB. Higher capacity 256MB cards are due in December, with 512MB, 1GB and 8GB versions planned for 2003.


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