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SCM Ships USB 2.0 Card Readers

Dazzle drive supports eight card types By Dave Nagel
SCM Microsystems has announced six new media readers for transferring data from devices like digital cameras to computers. The lineup includes on drive that can read eight different card types. All of the drives run off USB 2.0 and are compatible with Macintosh and Windows.

The Dazzle Hi-Speed 8 in 1 reader offers a dual-slot design that supports CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD Card, MultiMediaCard and Sony Memory Stick and Memory Stick Magic Gate. According to SCM, the device offers read speeds five times faster than and write speeds three times faster than standard USB drives. The individual slots can be used concurrently for transferring data between cards of different types.

Other models in the lineup include several single-slot drives, such as the Hi-Speed ZiO! CF portable digital media reader and individual drives for CompactFlash/IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard/SecureDigital and MemoryStick.

The readers support Mac OS 9 or later and Windows. They're also backward-compatible with USB 1.1. The Dazzle Hi-Speed 8 in 1 reader is available now for $49.99. The Hi-Speed ZiO! CompactFlash reader is available now for $39.99. The other drives will be available this quarter for $24.99. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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