MemPlug SD/MMC Released

A while back, Portable Innovation Technology announced that it was working on a SD/MMC version for its MemPlug line of flash-memory Springboard modules. The company has just officially released the MemPlug SD/MMC, which allows Visors to use these removable expansion memory cards. It also has vibrating alarm. It is available now for $70.

It can only handle memory cards, not input/output devices like the Bluetooth SD card expected to be released soon.

The Springboard comes installed with applications to backup the Visor's RAM to a card, copy or move applications and databases to and from the SD or MMC card, a JPEG viewer and an eBook reader, and even a registered copy of gMovie for playing movies from the card.

It also comes with PiDirect, which allows users to access read-only apps and databases on the card, and PiVFSMgr, which allows Palm OS 4.0 VFS-supported applications to run on the Visor just like they would on the m500 series or Sony Clié.

Its 1 MB of onboard ROM is flashable so it can be updated by the company with new versions of the applications.

It works with the Visor Neo, Pro, Edge, Prism, Platinum, Deluxe and Solo.

Portable Innovation Technology also makes versions of the MemPlug that can use Memory Sticks, SmartMedia cards, or CompactFlash cards.

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I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 1:55:06 PM #
Would this work with Palm's pre-loaded content cards like the Dictionary/Thesaurus and Road Atlas cards?

terrysalmi @ 2/19/2002 1:55:09 PM #
1) Will these be able to handle SD Cards available for purchase through Palm, like the E-Book or Game Card?

2) Any word on price, and where they will be available?

RE: Interesting...
terrysalmi @ 2/19/2002 1:56:52 PM #
Didn't read the story slowly enough - forget the price question - Sorry

RE: PalmPaks?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 6:57:54 PM #
Yes it would. The preloaded cards are normal cards with data installed before they ship them.

RE: PalmPaks?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 7:45:45 PM #
Probably not. They don't currently work properly on the HandEra 330, and the main reason I've heard for that is that they expect Palm OS 4.x. So I think the Handspring Visor would be out too.

RE: PalmPaks?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 9:11:57 PM #
I didnt think about that. Good point.

RE: PalmPaks?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 11:23:42 PM #
I'm not sure that they would not work. Do the Palm cards use VFS? If so, Memplug supports VFS quite nicely. I have only found a few VFS applications that don't work on my Smartmedia Memplug.
Someone try it and let us know!

RE: PalmPaks?
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/20/2002 10:58:14 AM #
From the website:

"Our latest application, PiDirect, allows direct execution of Palm read only applications and databases stored on the SD/MMC. "

Next time read the info before making assumptions guys. sheesh.

RE: PalmPaks?
skoty @ 2/20/2002 2:10:25 PM #
Take a look at this link:

Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will read:

"Note: MemPlug SD/MMC does not support SD content cards"

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definately isn't for you.

Color Visor edge

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 5:26:28 PM #
Does any one really know if Handspring is going to be comming out with a visor Edge in color...Im just wonddering?
it would be nice

RE: Color Visor edge
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 6:33:45 PM #
There's a discussion about that very thing at

Apparently, it might already be in the works!

RE: Color Visor edge
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 8:01:01 PM #
It seems they will only make it if the Treo Color fails...

forget it
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 8:01:19 PM #
if they ever going to make the color unit, they better hurry up. Early press release for the next generation PocketPC with PX250 already start poping like mushroom (Siemens, Hitachi). It is said that the PX250 shaves cost about $40-50 compare to similar strongARM PDA.

So if Hanspring ever to enter the $480-600 price range, they better show some new nifty trick than repackaging old edge with color screen and try to push it at $499. Because that's how much the next generation CE.40 with Xscale proc is going.

one more note, Palm still need to come out with the 5.0, and than wait till MOT/TI start producing in mass quantity.

so...time is ticking....the first wave of next generation PPC will be introduced in March and start going on sale by summer.

RE: forget it
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/19/2002 11:30:54 PM #
> the first wave of next generation PPC will be introduced
> in March and start going on sale by summer

and by then the sales of the first generation PPC will still be miserable. The makers of the next generation PPC had better have some good gimmicks up their sleeves.

RE: Color Visor edge
ColonelKlink @ 2/20/2002 12:11:11 AM #
Ahhh! But don't you remember this: ?




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