SanDisk today has announced a new line of Secure Digital (SD) cards that can be plugged into a USB port without the aid of a card reader.
Called the Ultra II SD PLUS, an innovative hinged mechanism allows the card to do double-duty, plugging into either an SD slot or USB port. When connected to a USB port, an LED built into the card shows data transfer activity.
The Ultra II SD PLUS line of SD cards will initially be available in 512MB and 1GB capacities. They utilize multi level cell memory, which SanDisk began moving to for its Ultra II-labeled cards in the fall 2004, and have the same performance rating as other Ultra II models as well.
Ultra II SD PLUS cards are to begin shipping to dealers in April 2005. The company first demonstrated this technology at the CES trade show in January 2005. Delkin this week also announced a line of SD cards with a built-in USB connector.
SanDisk Ultra II SD PLUS