USB Flash Drive Firms Join Forces
Several companies driving next-generation "sneakernets" have banded together to support the key technology, USB flash drives.Several companies driving next-generation "sneakernets" have banded together to support the key technology, USB flash drives. Little more than a USB controller, flash memory chip, and plastic shell, the USB drives are increasingly being used in place of floppy drives to transfer files between one PC and another. On Monday, the five companies formed the USB Flash Drive Alliance (UFDA). Member companies include Genesys Logic, Kingston Technology, Lexar Media Inc., PNY Technologies and Samsung Semiconductor Inc., supported by associate members Crucial Technology, Microsoft Corp., SimpleTech, Inc., and Viking Interworks.
The organization said it believes that over five million USB flash drives will be sold in 2003 in the United States alone, representing approximately 20 percent of the worldwide market.