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Sony Ships "Byte-sized" USB Drive with Up to 4GB Storage Capacity

Jul 19, 2006 3:58 PM

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Sony Electronics has unveiled the "byte-sized" Micro Vault Tiny drive. Measuring roughly 1/2in. wide and just more than 1in. in length, the drive comes in striking designs and colors with storage capacities ranging from 256MB to 4GB.

"In line with our Micro Vault concept, the Tiny is designed to deliver a user-friendly storage solution that appeals to fashion-forward consumers ranging from trend-setting students to style-conscious professionals," says Mike Lucas, director of marketing for Sony Electronics' Media and Application Solutions Division.

About the thickness of a quarter, Tiny differs from its peers on several fronts, the most obvious being its tiny size, and five color-coded capacities—256MB (orange), 512MB (violet), 1GB (blue), 2GB (green), and 4GB (purple)—which provide flexible data storage options. Tiny comes packaged in a versatile clip-on carry case that can be worn as an accessory, easily attaching to a cell phone case, purse strap, key chain, or notebook cover or belt. Tiny is preloaded with Virtual Expander, which expands the capacity to virtually store up to three times as much data by automatically compressing and decompressing files.

Sony's latest Micro Vault family also features the Classic, Turbo, Fingerprint Access, and Micro Vault PRO lines—all offering a wide range of capacities and functional benefits.

The Micro Vault Tiny is now shipping in capacities of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB, with a 4GB model planned for release later this year. The drives suggested retail prices are on par with the Classic line, ranging from $29.99 to $199.99.

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