Photos: Dongles and other smart-drive devices

Photos: Dongles and other smart-drive devices

Summary: Smart-drive technology, which uses flash-memory chips to store information, is finding its way into many consumer products.


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  • USB dongles

    M-Systems' 256MB smart drive lets users carry programs and personal preferences, launch software and access their data on any Windows XP or Windows 2000 PC. It was among smart-drive devices on display at an inaugural event sponsored by U3, a consortium of USB flash drive manufacturers.

  • the iPod Shuffle

    Smaller than a pack of gum, Apple Computer's iPod Shuffle, a flash-based music player, can hold about 240 songs.

  • Sony flash-based Walkman

    Sony's flash-based Walkman can store 256MB, 512MB or 1GB of data. A bit pricier than some competing flash players, the devices start at $90 for the 256MB player and run up to about $200.

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