Surftec wind ups DigiFlashBy Chris Williams. Published: 23rd Feb 2003, 15:30:06 | Permalink | Printable
"We'll be back"It's not every day we receive emails as solemn as Surftec's, bringing us news that their flagship DigiFlash CompactFlash product has reach the end of the line and there will not be an encore. The fat lady has sung her heart out, Surftec insist in their press release. DigiFlash, as we understand it, is an interface for RISC OS machines that reads CompactFlash memory cards (used with things like digital cameras), so you copy files from CompactFlash cards to your RISC OS computer. The product was launched way back in 2000 and has apparently received due recognition from Casio and IBM.
"Our reasons for ending the product coincided with Shuttle Technology ending the production of the key component that converts Parallel to ATA, as a result the many variants of reader built around this chip have now been made end of line", explains Neil Farnham-Smith of Surftec. The same goes for their SmartMedia reader product (there's all of nine left in stock), which use the same Shuttle chipset and are thus discontinued. The DigiFlash software drivers, developed by Surftec, have also been discontinued.
Ok, so you've dropped your main product. That means you've got something new and exciting up your sleeves, right? We'd love to speculate about funky USB solutions, seeing as Surftec have got themselves the reputation of being worthy hardware interfacing developers, but let's hear the facts. Surftec wish to focus on their popular educational products, claiming their solutions are being used by a "growing number of schools". We're talking thin-clients here, something RISC OS excels in as its motto has always been "doing more with less".
"We have a number of new exciting projects in the pipeline, these are expected to be launched at some point this year however as yet we won‘t be setting a launch date", Neil continues to 'reveal'. "Until these projects are ready Surftec will seemingly vanish, please don't assume we have left the market, as we have not. We simply won't be advertising or attending the various events around the UK until our next generation of RISC OS products are ready."
We're looking forward to it already and we wish Surftec all the best.
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