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|Hitachi's MultiMediaCardTM*1,2 Products Are
First in the Industry to Pass
the MultiMediaCard Association's Compliance Tests for System Specification Version 3.1
|The memory cards are fully compliant with industry
standards, ensuring cross-platform compatibility
with host systems designed to the MultiMediaCard Association specifications
Tokyo, August 6, 2002 Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that its second-generation MultiMediaCard memory cards, including the popular 16-, 32-, 64- and 128-megabyte (MB) versions, have successfully passed compliance tests prescribed by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA). The Hitachi HB28xxxxMM2 series cards are the first devices to gain compliance certification for specification version 3.1 from the industry standards body. By gaining compliance certification by the MMCA, every Hitachi HB28xxxxMM2 series MultiMediaCard is eligible to carry the MMCA compliance logo, a unique "seal of approval" for the highest assurance of compatibility for the consumers.
According to Masaki Sato, Manager , Memory Marketing Dept., Memory Business Unit, Semiconductor & Integrated Circuits at Hitachi, Ltd., "The compliance tests ensure cross-platform compatibility of hosts designed to the MMCA specifications. System users can plug Hitachi's small, rugged HB28xxxxMM2 series cards into any properly designed system to get safe, convenient digital archiving and data exchange. Beyond that, system manufacturers can use the MultiMediaCard devices to validate compatibility of their memory expansion slots to the MMCA specifications."
"The MMCA has worked long and hard to establish the compliance standard and we now believe host platform manufacturers will greatly benefit from uniform testing. Hitachi along with other card manufacturers will establish new levels of interoperability," said Andy Prophet, Executive Director of the MultiMediaCard Association.
The high-speed 2nd generation MultiMediaCards, developed and manufactured by Hitachi, offer very fast sustained rewrite speeds: as high as 1.6 megabytes per second. They can store digital data -- image files for digital still cameras, music files for MP-3 players, and program/data files for other products -- approximately up to six times faster than first-generation MultiMediaCards of equal capacity. The HB28xxxxMM2 series MultiMediaCards are available now in volume. To enhance this product series, Hitachi plans to develop higher density MultiMediaCards such as 256Mbytes and low voltage devices in the coming years.
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|WRITTEN BY Corporate Communications Division