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Old Apr 17, 2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default Who's using all thoses flash cards? :lol:

Apparently some businesses are doing better than others...
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Sandisk said memory units sold rose 96 percent and total megabytes sold increased 205 percent, even as the average price per megabyte fell 40 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.
http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/030416/tech_...k_earns_2.html
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Old Apr 17, 2003, 3:49 PM   #2
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My guess is it's the MP3'ers. I suspect most Newbie cam owners will begin shooting like film and just keep re-washing one card - bit like the vhs owners. What you also need to get is data on the number and type of media devices sold. e.g cams, by size and MP3 players. Don't forget a trend to supply pc's with built in flashcard readers. I doubt if the reason is huge sales of high end Nikon/Cannons/ Minoltas and big TIFF gobblers.

UNLESS - Newbies not reading this forum, are shooting their pics, taking cards to Walmart and throwing the cards away when full- thinking they're like film?

I just bought UK a bare player for 68.00. The CF card was as much as that! Razors and razor blades!
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Old Apr 18, 2003, 8:48 AM   #3
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While reading on www.arstechinca.com a few days ago, they were discussing the financial numbers of some tech companies. They had a link to an article about Intel on news.com that said that its PC unit did better than expected but that:

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But the company said a decision to increase prices on flash memory by between 20 percent and 40 percent backfired and reduced sales.
From: http://news.com.com/2100-1014-996983.html

So SanDisk chose to push more flash and did well, while Intel chose to raise prices and sold much less because of it.

I'm glad that Sandisk did it right, because that means cheaper prices for us (especially compared to what Intel wanted to happen.)
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Old Apr 18, 2003, 2:02 PM   #4
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Intel does not make "Nand" flashes, ie the kind that goes in to flash card!

They make the "Nor" flash or boot block and multi-level cells used in cell phones and the upgradeable firmware of your camera. The "Nand" flash which are accessed sequentially like a hardisk only come from the Far East and are much cheaper to build and used for mass storage. The "Nor" flashes are more expensive and are accessed in parallel just like a RAM or Bios of computers... and only used to store program memory. They also compete with AMD and not the Sandisk/Lexar 8) 8) 8)
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And that is why I keep coming back here; you know so much. I knew there were different types of flash, but I didn't know that Intel was in only that side of the market.
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Old Apr 19, 2003, 5:54 AM   #6
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Nand vs Nor or Data vs Code, ie code has to be randomly accessed (and can't run with bad block in it! :lol
http://www.samsung.com/Products/Semi...hStructure.htm

The Strata in the previous url is in reference to Intel's multi-level cell flash design. It's actually an analog structure where each memory location can store four level of charges which are detected by high-speed comparators(ie 00, 01, 10, 11), effectively quadrupling its density! 8) 8) 8)
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Default ... and who is using film?

... and who is using film?
http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/030423/tech_kodak_earns_3.html

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At a street price of about $200, the Advantix Preview camera is now priced close to 2-Mpixel, 3x-zoom digital cameras, but falling prices may further undercut the value of staying with film.
http://www.eet.com/sys/uth/OEG20030421S0047
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Default Zio vs. Atech Pro II ?

NHL et al... Which one's the faster reader on USB? Have Zio CF reader at work connected to 800 Mhz P3 ,WIN2000, with 256M memory. Home setup is Atech Pro II hooked to internal USB of my Asus 1 GHz computer, WIN 98SE, with 1 G memory. This setup here at work crawls when reading a Microdrive, also crawls -takes ages- to refresh the thumbnails in Photoshop Elements 2.0 (used at home & work too.) Got IS to update Zio driver and reload Elements 2.0.
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How many pictures on the microdrive? Is the reader USB1 or USB2?

Haven't I seen this question before? I thought I addressed it there.... Or at least asked these same questions.
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USB 1. Probably a few hundred photos.
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