Pretec has announced their plans to mass produce an 8GB flash memory-based USB flash drive. Sure 8GB is a heckalot of space for movies, music, mail and documents, but the possibility of carrying around a complete mobile software-based computer setup would allow for the ultimate workflow mobility to mobile professionals.
With a dual channel hi-speed USB system, the Pretec i-Disk II 8GB claims to transfer data with read speeds of 16MB/sec and write speeds of 12MB/sec. Exact measurements and weight were not released, but we do know it will come bundled with FlashMail, MobileLock and SecretZip to allow secure and encrypted data security.
Sample units are available for suppliers immediately; mass production is expected to begin January 2005.