CompactFlash Springboard Coming from InnoPocket

The InnoPocket CompactFlash adapter is a Springboard module that allows users to plug CompactFlash memory cards into their Visors. It is under development now but the company is taking pre-orders. It will cost $40 and come with software to allow files to be transferred between the CF card and the Visor but not run apps directly on the card.

CompactFlash cards are designed with flash technology, a non-volatile storage solution that does not require a battery to retain data indefinitely. CompactFlash storage products are solid state, meaning they contain no moving parts. CF cards consume only five percent of the power required by small disk drives. The TRGpro also uses CF cards.

An 8MB CF card cost $20 - $25 while a 128MB card cost about $200.

InnoPocket is using the Kopsis, Inc.'s FAFileMover to move databases to or from the CF storage card.

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Possibly palm os upgrade

operez @ 2/6/2001 9:31:59 AM #
This Springboard will can store the information of a new palm OS i.e. palm OS 4.0 or still will have to buy Palm to can upgrade our PDA?

Smartmedia not more $

Deslock @ 2/6/2001 8:50:32 AM #
FYI, Smartmedia is not twice as expensive as Compact Flash. It's actually slightly cheaper at most places.

RE: Smartmedia not more $
Ed @ 2/6/2001 11:10:37 AM #
You are correct. I did a bit of research when writing the article and it turns out the two places I went to had horrible prices for SmartMedia cards. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Compact Flash prices?

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/6/2001 10:21:04 AM #
Where is the author located? I just bought a 16 mb CF card for $40. SmartMedia cards are about the same. Memory Sticks appear to be about $20 more across the board; I feel sorry for anyone who got sucked into Sony's proprietary pit...

(This is in and around San Francisco, CA. Mail-order and internet-only shops have similar prices)

Why didn't you just buy a TRGPro?

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/6/2001 10:24:34 AM #

Re:why don't just buy TRGpro ?

kimfung @ 2/7/2001 6:34:09 AM #
becase Visor's Apperance is much better !


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Elite (etile) @ 2/7/2001 12:24:38 PM #
will this mean that CF modems can be used for a handspring?


BruceHP @ 2/8/2001 8:26:43 AM #
The MatchBookDrive CF adapter will be shipped this month. Why would i want to wait for some other vaporware item.

The CF is just an addition to the other SpringBoards thus putting the TRGPro out of the running.

It seems to me that the price of the CF & SM cards are about the same.

re: Why Not Buy A TRGpro

S London @ 2/8/2001 8:34:50 AM #
There isn't going to be any upgrade to OS4 for Visor users, either on CF or otherwise. The best you can hope for is a RAM patch to add features.

In terms of the CF springboard, until there is a way to run apps off the CF card, Visor users are better with a regular 8mb springboard which is small, but at least directly addressable.

RE: re: Why Not Buy A TRGpro
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/9/2001 3:49:21 PM #

TRGPro does not run apps in CF off the card, merely moves them automatically from the CF memory to the main memory using AutoMover or some such s/w.
Kopsis is working on similar s/w for the visor. So you are always limited to the amount of memory available on the main unit. CF can be thought of as disk space where you can store your programs.

But in the case of the flash mem springboard (8M/16M), the memory is directly addressible, as you say, and therefore apps run directly off it, so in effect you have increased the memory of your device.




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