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Nexcopy Announces New microSD Card Duplicator

Today Nexcopy announces an all new microSD card duplicator product line.   We reported on the Nexcopy SD duplicator from several months ago, but that version used SD adapter cards.

The new microSD duplicator is specifically designed to handle the microSD form factor.   There are no adapter cards required.   This alone will increase production by [Nexcopy estimates] 30% because the user no longer has to insert microSD media into SD adapters, then into the duplicator.

microSD Card Duplicator

The microSD Card Duplicator comes with Nexcopy’s Drive Manager software suite which offers the largest array of copy functions.

Copy Functions for microSD Card Duplicator from Nexcopy

  • File Copy
  • Copy Add
  • IMG Copy
  • Unique Data Streaming
  • Device Copy (short)
  • Device Copy (Full)

File Copy

Point the Drive Manager software at a folder located on the host PC and file copy all the content from the source directory to all connected microSD cards

Copy Add

Using Drive Manager software add files and folders to microSD cards which already have data. This can be done to any card with a file system Windows can read, such as FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS

IMG Copy

Copy from a source binary image file (.img) and make exact digital copies from a single image file located on the host computer hard drive. The Drive Manager software comes with image creation software to make perfect digital binary copies of any physical master the user might have.

Unique Data Streaming

With a bit of custom code, stream content from a source location to each individual card. The data stream feature will allow the user to copy both static and dynamic content to each card. This is a great solution for data publishing.

Device Copy (short)

Drive Manager offers a binary device copy from a physical master. Using the short copy mode, the Drive Manager software will only copy data clusters found on the master card. So for example, a 16GB card has only 2.5GBs of data, the short copy mode will only copy the 2.5GBs of data. This short binary copy mode only works with file systems Windows can read, such as FAT, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS.

Device Copy (full)

Drive Manager can also copy any master device, even if the file system is proprietary. The full device copy mode will perform a binary copy from the very beginning of the card, the boot code, all the way to the last sector on the card.

The microSD card duplicator is available in three sizes of 20 port, 40 port and 60 port target systems.   The starting price is $1,299 and available now for immediate delivery.

UPDATE

Nexcopy offers a new microSD card duplicator based on USB 3.0 technology with copy speeds significantly faster than the microSD200PC mentioned here. The microSD160PC is a 16 target copy system with the same advanced Drive Manager software.

UPDATE II

Drive Manager software can write CID (card identification number) into read-only memory (ROM). Specific media is required; but if writing CID value is required, this is the only commercially available product to do so.

microSD Card Background and Use:

The microSD flash memory card, also known simply as microSD, has a relatively short but impactful history, marked by rapid technological advancements and widespread adoption.

Introduction: The microSD card was first introduced in 2005 by the SD Association, a non-profit organization that sets standards for SD memory cards. It was developed as a smaller variant of the standard SD (Secure Digital) card, with dimensions of 11 mm × 15 mm × 1 mm, making it ideal for use in compact electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and portable media players.

Evolution of Capacities: Initially, microSD cards were available with relatively small storage capacities, typically ranging from a few megabytes to a few gigabytes. However, over time, advancements in flash memory technology enabled manufacturers to produce microSD cards with much larger capacities, reaching up to several terabytes (TB) in recent years.

Technological Advancements: MicroSD cards have undergone significant technological advancements since their introduction. This includes improvements in data transfer speeds, with the introduction of faster bus interfaces such as UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III, allowing for faster read and write speeds to meet the demands of high-definition video recording, gaming, and other data-intensive applications.

Application Expansion: As the capacity and performance of microSD cards improved, their applications expanded beyond traditional mobile devices to include a wide range of consumer electronics, automotive systems, IoT (Internet of Things) devices, and industrial applications. MicroSD cards are now commonly used for storing music, photos, videos, maps, applications, firmware updates, and other digital content.

Adoption in Mobile Devices: MicroSD cards quickly became a standard feature in many mobile phones and smartphones, offering users a convenient way to expand the device’s storage capacity for storing media files, apps, and other data. Some devices even support the use of microSD cards as internal storage, allowing for seamless integration with the device’s onboard storage.

Security Features: With the increasing use of microSD cards for storing sensitive data, manufacturers have introduced various security features to protect against data loss, theft, and unauthorized access. This includes features such as built-in encryption, password protection, and secure erase functions.

Continued Innovation: The microSD card continues to evolve with ongoing innovation in flash memory technology. Manufacturers are constantly working to increase storage capacities, improve data transfer speeds, enhance durability, and reduce power consumption to meet the evolving needs of consumers and industries.

Source:   Nexcopy News Room.

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Steampunk USB Stick with microSD Expansion Slot

I have been a fan of Steampunk products for a long time.  Typically I report on a Steampunk USB version, but today I get the pleasure to include a microSD card reader.

steampunk microSD

The construction is similar to other Steampunk products we’ve seen, made of brass, copper, glass, watch parts and clock parts.  The metal connections from the brass wire outside are made with silver solder and an acetylene tourch, which gives it the unique look and feel.  In addition, the maker, put extra time into the fitting and position of the internal components for a solid product. The Steampunk device is an 8GB flash drive with a microSD card reader at the tail end.  The technology is make of disassembled stock product where the microSD card reader is built into the flash drive.  Clearly the device will show two drive letters when connected to the computer, one for the USB stick and the other for the card reader. So now you can obtain a Steampunk flash drive with unlimited storage ability via the microSD card reader.  Price is much higher then the stock product, but hey, you’ll never get a great looking, customized case like this Steampunk body. Source:  Etsy. Continue Reading 127 Comments

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