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altec ComputerSysteme Enhances Its Automated Copying Station for Flash Memory Cards

(March 06, 2006)
altec ComputerSysteme GmbH presents with the Robo CopyStation M2 a further development of the first automated copying station worldwide, which has been introduced at CeBIT 2005 in Hanover.

The development of Robo CopyStation is based upon the experience of many years in the field of copying stations for mobile memory media. Robo CopyStation M2 convinces with high speed rates and its complete automation. The high throughput of more than one million memory cards per month guarantees a short return on investment.

Major market analyses predict a growing number of variants and a rapidly increasing quantity of mobile electronic gadgets which are pre-loaded with software and data by the manufacturer. To an increasing extent, software, games, music, movies, ring tones, maps for navigation systems, catalogues, timetables, books and promotion material will be copied onto memory cards.

The first deliveries were made to manufacturers of mobile phones. Manufacturers of smart phones, mobile gaming consoles, navigation systems and PDAs have also displayed their interests.

The Robo CopyStation M2 works in the following way: it copies the identical data images to 48 cards simultaneously. Blank memory cards are fed into the system by so-called card trays via a transporting system. From there the cards are picked up, 24 at a time, by a cushion of suction pads and delivered to the copying unit. After being imprinted, the cards are taken to another stack of card trays.

The systems can be adjusted to a wide range of tray types.

The Robo CopyStation is operated using a touch screen which is mounted on a swivel arm. The Robo CopyStation can be connected to the companys network since it is running on a standard operating system.

An optional software tool is available from altec which encodes the data individually for each card during copying according to the card ID number. This technology can be used to ensure that a program or game can only be started from the original memory card. This provides an effective copy protection mechanism.

The currently achievable throughput depends on capacity and speed of the cards as well as on other factors as tray type etc. With 512 MB SD Cards, a throughput of 2000 cards per hour can be achieved (without verification).

The contact pads are currently designed for SD Cards and MultiMediaCards, microSD as well as RS-MMC. altec plans to provide contact pads for other card types such as Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Micro M2 and miniSD in the near future.

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