Memory Key Upgrade Efforts Aimed at Enterprise Market
Top-tier computer makers such as Dell Computer Corp. and IBM ship thousands of flash memory keys with their consumer PCs.Top-tier computer makers such as Dell Computer Corp. and IBM ship thousands of flash memory keys with their consumer PCs, but smaller companies are planning new features to make the small storage devices more attractive to enterprises. Customers can use the USB (Universal Serial Bus) deviceswhich are about the size of an index finger and can attach to a key chainto carry data and applications off-site without needing to bring a laptop. The weather-resistant memory keys, which dwarf the capacity of floppy disks and soon will include advanced security and wireless access, can be plugged in to a computer to display data and run applications.
TrekStor USA Inc., a division of Trek 2000 International Ltd., in San Ramon, Calif., plans to release a version of its ThumbDrive device with 512MB of capacity by January and another with Bluetooth connectivity within a year, said the divisions president, Elvin Low.