Surftec whisper USB storageBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Apr 2003, 23:48:37 | Permalink | Printable
But don't wait up [Updated 20:20 21/4/2003] STD on the sceneBack in February this year, Surftec announced the end of their DigiFlash range, promising not to idly twiddle their thumbs and instead insisted "new exciting projects" were in the pipeline. At the time, Surftec wouldn't reveal any real details or dates so we recklessly speculated perhaps they were going to break into RISC OS USB.
We've just noticed today however that Surftec are meekly warming to the idea of USB file storage. Their website starts off by stating that any suggested USB product of theirs is admittedly a long way off however it then cracks under untold pressure and flows straight into pricing and feature details.
Surftec appear to be engaged to a 6-in-1 USB based card reader (although not all 6 media types may be supported we're told). These cards are the kind of mass storage devices you plug into digital cameras to transfer images to a computer.
Surftec give no indication of which USB API they will use.
Surftec emailed us back with some eyebrow raising news and a forthcoming official press release is cookin' as we write. Surftec state they are working closely with Stuart Tyrrell Developments and ultimately both USB APIs will be supported with STD working on drivers for the Simtec USB kit and Surftec's Gary Partis working on drivers for the Castle Technology USB kit.
More details to follow.
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