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Stick this 16GB of flash capacity in your wallet!

Flash memory maker PQI has taken 16GB of flash memory and jammed it into a 3mm thick, credit-card sized package and claimed it to be the world's slimmest flash media. With dimensions of 85 x 54 x 3mm the U510 is an ideal product for those looking to add a few gigs to their wallets.

First introduced at CeBit 2006 in March, PQI's U510 features a retractable USB 2.0 interface which is also backwards compatible with USB 1.0. As most flash drives are, the U510 is also Windows and Mac compatible which expands the target market for such a device.

Pricing has not yet been released on the U510 from PQI, but considering current 16GB USB-based memory sticks go for no less than $500 and up to almost $2000, we can bet on it being no less than a 'G' baby!

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but for how long
By Serlant on 4/27/2006 4:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
yeah its a nice size for its size? :P but what happens when you "put it in your wallet" as the slogan says and it breaks in half when you sit down with it in your pocket....hope its got a strong case

RE: but for how long
By vtohthree on 4/27/2006 5:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
EXACTLY!!'s thin..but it also has some surface area to it. This is why I still stand by the CF card...sigh..if it still survives in the next coming years...

RE: but for how long
By soydeedo on 4/27/2006 5:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i hope the usb dongle end of it has some serious support as well. they don't specify the weight, but considering how much weight will be leveraged against the usb interface it seems like it might come under quite a bit of strain.

RE: but for how long
By soydeedo on 4/27/2006 5:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
considering how much weight
considering how much of the total weight

By peternelson on 4/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Interfacing
By Trisped on 4/27/2006 1:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
Some interface like Hypertransport 3 HTX would be much lower latency and also full duplex

It wouldn't make sense to release it with that type of connection. First, I don't know of any currently sold mother boards that have a hypertraonsport 3 port on them. Second, USB is the standard for personal computer external memory ports. Yes, a few computers have SATA II external ports which are plug and play compatable and have high bandwidth with low latancy compared to USB, but the idea is to have the largest number of buyers posible. That way the startup costs can be countered with large sales.

It looks like the USB connector is removeable, so you shouldn't need to worry about that breaking off. I expect the card will be flexible, like a credit card, but am not sure how much stress it will take.

RE: Interfacing
By peternelson on 4/27/2006 4:00:35 PM , Rating: 2

I think THAT was what I was alluding to.

USB/USB2 are not full duplex, use too much cpu overhead, and are not optimised for memory accesses or latency.

If we are changing the paradigm for memory eg using this kind of flash instead of hard drives, then we need to totally reinvent the interface so that it suits the purpose.

Yes I know very few motherboards have a way to connect hypertransport to connectable devices (only HTX slot like Iwill board). BUT it's chicken and egg, then migrate to it. eg if peripherals use it so will boards and if boards use it so will peripherals.

I agree that the nearest to a commonly available standard is SATA 300 generation II. Soon will be SATA 600 signalling too. Either of these is better than USB. Maybe while the industry transitions this kind of memory stick device could be dual ported USB *AND* SATA 300. Or SATA 300 and some HTX type port. It will be interesting to see the interconnect chosen by Intel for its flash-bootable system for notebook and laptops. I am SURE it isn't going to be lame USB.

Hence my suggestion was not so stupid. Why don't people THINK before marking things down?

By Cunthor01 on 4/27/2006 2:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
Amazing stuff, can't believe how small, and how much capacity this thing has in comparison to saaaay... a HDD from 10 years ago!

Seriously, this is the future - just wait another 3 or 4 years and see all the 120GB flash drives for the same price as a 120 GB HDD.

Not USB, its called ISI
By gudodayn on 4/28/2006 5:12:56 AM , Rating: 2
Saw this at CeBIT, it's dosent have an USB connection apparently!!
It's a PQI patented Intelligent Stick Interface (ISI) that's compatible with USB 2.0/1.1~~~~
The connection is retractable and becomes as one with the card itself so its not detachable or anything like that.
The case is made of alluminum casing so it'll be tougher and more flexible than a credit card for when placed in a wallet and apply force to it, your credit cards will most likely snap first before it does!!

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