Guesswork gone in a flash

Aiming to take the guesswork out of USB-based storage, Lexar has announced plans to add a capacity meter to its USB flash drives by integrating a paper display.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  January 4, 2006

Aiming to take the guesswork out of USB-based storage, Lexar has announced plans to add a capacity meter to its USB flash drives by integrating a paper display. The new flash drive – dubbed JumpDrive Mercury – contains an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation. Lexar claims the Mercury is the first USB flash drive to feature this technology. "Innovation continues to be the dominant focus for Lexar's popular line of USB flash drives, which helps us offer customers cool features based on revolutionary technologies like the On Display solution from E Ink," said Steffen Hellmold, vice president and general manager of USB flash drive and OEM products business unit, Lexar. "JumpDrive Mercury will be the first product in Lexar's line that demonstrates the results of our partnership with E Ink." According to Lexar, the new display is a paper-thin, shatter-proof meter that does not rely on power to show information when disconnected from a computer. Lexar claims this makes it possible to add the benefit of an exterior gauge, without sacrificing the overall design of its products. In addition, the integrated capacity meter on the JumpDrive Mercury will be a fully contained solution that automatically discovers the available capacity and updates the display without involving any additional software. The firm’s JumpDrive Mercury was unveiled yesterday at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in LasVegas, Nevada. The firm has yet to announce pricing and availability of the new drives in the region.

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