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Speedier USB reader coming from SanDisk this fall  
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
SanDisk is planning to ship two new USB 2.0 memory card readers this fall, one of which is promised to provide noticeably faster throughput with their Extreme III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC cards.

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Dynamic Duo: The SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 reader, left, and ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 reader (Photo courtesy SanDisk)

ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 reader

The ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 reader accepts CompactFlash, SD/SDHC and various other formats and is expected to be about as quick as competing USB 2.0 readers when a UDMA-capable CompactFlash card is inserted, or an SD/SDHC card.

The ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 reader is to ship in the fourth quarter of 2008 at a manufacturer's suggested list price of US$29.99 in the U.S. It includes an easily removable three-legged stand (the stand and reader are magnetically attached) and, without the stand, is impressively compact for a four-slot, multi-format reader.

ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 reader

The smaller ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 reader accepts SD/SDHC and various other memory card formats, but not CompactFlash. When the card is an Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC, the reader utilizes a proprietary data timing mode that enables quicker card-to-computer transfers. In SanDisk's testing, this reader plus an Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC is as much as 50% quicker at moving data to a host computer (compared to the same card in another reader that lacks this special mode).

The ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 reader is to ship in the fourth quarter of 2008 at a manufacturer's suggested list price of US$19.99 in the U.S. It includes an easily removable three-legged stand (the stand and reader are magnetically attached).

Revision History
October 10, 2008: Corrected description of the ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 reader


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