Most of us who've paid even a few passing glances to the removable storage arena know what an IBM MicroDrive is. With it's massive 1GB storage ability, and CompactFlash type II standard, it's known for providing bang-for-buck performance in items ranging from Digital Cameras to Pocket PC's.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the company resulting from a merger between IBM Storage Tech and Hitachi Storage, has managed to pack a whopping 4GB into their version using new ultra-mini technology. Performance is also stated to have been increased as much as 50 percent. Wow!
The new drive is expected to use ultra-miniaturized components including a new R/W head, called the femto slider head, which is half the size of its predecessor and results in a 40 percent decrease in the height at which the head travels above the disk platter.More information @ EE Times
The 4GB Microdrive is designed to the CompactFlash Type II industry standard and is targeted at handheld devices and other consumer electronic devices. Already, Hewlett-Packard and Eastman-Kodak are evaluating the device for integration into their products.