|Speed Bump: Kingston's Ultimate CompactFlash now tops out at 133X and 8GB. (Photo courtesy Kingston)|
Kingston today has announced that the higher capacities in their premium-performance line of CompactFlash cards have been bumped to 133X speeds.
Going forward, the company will offer Ultimate CompactFlash in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB 133X models, as well as a 1GB version rated at 100X as before. All four capacities use a controller from SMI that's capable of PIO Mode 6, which should mean their performance will be in the same general ballpark as comparable-size cards in Ritek/Ridata's 150X series, among others.
All capacities of Kingston Ultimate CompactFlash will be bundled with the Windows-only Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional 6.1 software for recovery of photos. Kingston is planning to include a recovery offering for Mac users too at some point, says Kingston PR representative Scott Heath, though that software hasn't been chosen yet.
The Ultimate 133X CompactFlash cards are beginning to ship now, says Heath, and are already available at some bigger U.S. online electronics retailers, as well as direct from Kingston.
• Added several details about the new cards, including the source of the controller and shipping information (August 16, 2006)