updated 09:00 am EST, Thu January 8, 2004
Lexar Media today it has doubled the capacity of its JumpDrive 2.0 Pro USB flash drive to 2GB. The drive supports 40X speed rating (6MB/sec) and USB 2.0 connectivity; it will ship next month for $1000. Lexar also debuted several other USB 2.0-based, portable flash memory devices: JumpDrive Secure with automatic data encryption, JumpDrive Sport with increased ruggedness, a fashionably styled JumpDrive Elite, and JumpGear-MP3, a unique digital audio player that utilizes Lexar Media's JumpDrive Sport USB flash drive as its storage medium.
Lexar's new JumpDrive Secure 2.0 offers U.S. government approved 256-bit AES file encryption as well as new USB 2.0 support. The drive-based security software allows users to allocate space in each public (unencrypted) and prviate (encrypted) zone. It is due in February in 128MB ($50), 256MB ($80) and 512MB ($160) capacities.
Lexar also debuted its rugged JumpDrive Sport, which features a patent-pending rubber cap that wraps securely around the entire flash drive, making it more impact-resistant, protecting
the cap from accidental loss, and allowing it to be securely attached to a keychain or backpack. Because of its ruggedness and cap design, JumpDrive
Sport is ideal for active users like students, outdoor enthusiasts, and any
mobile computer user who requires the ultimate in durability in a portable
Designed for business executives and fashion conscious consumers, Lexar's new JumpDrive Elite features an elegant pearl white shell and a snap-on cap that is able to attach to both ends of the drive to prevent its misplacement during use. JumpDrive Elite and Sport will ship later this month in 128MB ($50), 256MB ($80) and 512MB ($170) capacities.
JumpGear-MP3 extends JumpDrive platform
JumpGear-MP3 is a next generation portable device that
increases the functionality of JumpDrive Sport. Using JumpDrive Sport as the memory source allows users to upgrade memory to 512MB with a single JumpDrive Sport -- or carry several JumpDrives, each with its own collection of music.
JumpGear-MP3 is a full-featured MP3 player that is ergonomically designed
to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand and supports the popular
MP3 and WMA music formats, and Microsoft's digital rights management, allowing users to play music purchased from many online music services. It features a
backlit LCD displaying song title, artist, playtime and track number, and an
equalizer with five preset modes: normal, jazz, pop, rock, and classic music.
The device has 3 playback modes, normal, repeat and random, and continuous
playtime of up to 14 hours.
Beginning in February 2004, JumpGear-MP3 will be sold in two
configurations, one including a 64MB JumpDrive Sport ($90) and another as a stand-alone accessory for JumpDrive Sport ($50). Both configurations will include headphones and 2 AAA batteries. To increase the memory of the digital audio player, users can purchase additional JumpDrive Sport flash drives.