In an effort to replace existing U3 Smart Technology, Microsoft
is developing new software and SanDisk is creating a new hardware solution to
place application programs on USB flash drives and flash memory cards with
TrustedFlash security technology. SanDisk will incorporate the combined
software and hardware solution on removable flash memory cards and Cruzer USB
A U3 smart drive can be plugged into any Windows-based
computer's USB port to securely access personalized e-mail programs, Web
browsers, productivity tools, multimedia applications and more. When users
unplug their U3 smart drive, they take their personal information with them. Microsoft
and SanDisk stressed that developers will be offered a migration path to modify
existing U3 applications to run on the new offering.
The new technology from the two companies will be designed to
offer a similar feature set on Windows XP and Windows Vista, but with greater security
features and encryption enabled by TrustedFlash technology.
The new offering is expected to be commercially available
starting in the second half of 2008.