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Old May 30, 2003, 8:30 AM   #21
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My point exactly is...how many types of memory are there for digital cameras? This seems to me like a BETA VHS scenario. Which one will triumph?
CF will triumph!

1- Less pins in smaller cards are a good thing, but remember no one get anything for free. It has been tried before with MemoryStick long before sD/MMC:
http://www.memorystick.org/topics/en...assaiment.html
Look @ what Sony is doing now for their higher density 'Pro' (more pins more I/Os) 1G cards. The bottom line is speed. Next everyone will be complaining that their cards are not fast enough for raw or video which all USB1.0 cameras (and thumbdrive can't muster!)

2- While CF is larger it also allows GPS, Wi-Fi/flash dual function cards for PDAs that a smaller sD/MMC format can't offer. ie You'll still need a CF slot for your PDA's if you're into GPS :lol: :lol: :lol:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0301/03...andiskwifi.asp
http://www.pharosgps.com/
... I know my Toshiba has WiFi built-in, and both MMC and CF. While MMC is disposable, CF is a must have! 8) 8) 8)

3- CF is cheap, just do a comparison of cost/megabyte on all the devices CF, MMC, sD any others, and thumbdrive... We'll see who win in term of cost! Beside real 4G CF cards are real product not some fancy paper study like some other formats... :P :P :P
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Old May 30, 2003, 10:02 AM   #22
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In case anyone missed this:

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... But they also include slots for Compact Flash memory cards which are intended mainly for Wi-Fi wireless networking.
Coming from Sony? (May be they remembered their Beta wounds after all... :lol: )
http://www.forbes.com/2003/05/28/cx_...ahoo&referrer=
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NHL, your information is OBSOLETE!

Matsushita (parent company of Panasonic) is releasing an SD GPS receiver soon.

Also SanDisk has unveiled a range Secure Digital cards that combine wireless LAN, or Wi-Fi, and memory in a single package.

Anyway, what's the use of debating which technology will triumph...usually it's the best marketed, not the best technology that will win. Just look at the Beta vs VHS battle. And how many here are using crappy PC/Windoze computers?
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Old May 30, 2003, 1:40 PM   #24
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... May be (or it could be vaporware) but would you count on the range of those tiny sD antenna? As you are aware acquisition time is key, and if it takes a long time to acquire thoses satellites one might as well... get lost or remain absolutely still or stationary! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Bluetooth however that's different, since it's only short-range/low-power and has no need for big antenna... :P The key here is speed and nothing beat a 16-bit DMA through the new CF specs. When one serialize a transfer one just introduce a bottleneck and Sony was quick to remedy with their 'Pro' card. It'll be the day when a dSLR use an MMC for raw!
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GPS receivers (the SD model is on the left):

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