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Press Release - February 12, 2004

World's Highest Speed CF Card Pretec 80X Cheetah CompactFlash

PMA 2004 Booth #H71 LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2004--Pretec Electronics Corp., the 2nd company in the world offering CompactFlash memory card (CF) card since 1995, is demonstrating the world's highest speed CF card at Pretec booth #H71 of PMA show here at Las Vegas Convention Center.

With write speed more than double the leading brand's high speed CF card in the market today, users of Pretec CF cards can enjoy the exciting multimedia experience in applications such as high resolution digital cameras, where faster write speed means lower set-up time between pictures. Tested with WA(1) enabled Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n (under current firmware), the industry's highest resolution (14 mega-pixels) digital SLR camera, which displays the write speed of the CF card, Pretec Cheetah CF card scores at 4.9MB/s; while SanDisk Ultra II/Extreme (write speed 9MB/s) is displayed at 2.9MB/s and Lexar Media WA enabled 40X (write speed 6MB/s) is at 4.2MB/s.

With sustained read speed of 13MB/s and write speed of 12MB/s, Pretec Cheetah series CF card is the highest speed CF card on earth. If using the speed of 150KB/s as 1X performance benchmark, the write speed of Pretec Cheetah CF card is categorized as 80X. Capacities ranging from 256MB to 6GB, the introduction of the high performance CF card address the growing need of higher density and faster speed data storage in leading-edge products and systems. Pretec 80X Cheetah CF card will start sampling this month and delivery by the end of March.

Pretec has been consistently demonstrated the highest capacity CF card in the world from 64MB (10/1998) to 6GB (3/2003), with higher capacity to be announced soon. In addition to the excellent track record of Pretec's relentless pursuit of innovation towards higher capacity and higher performance, Pretec has also established the reliability reputation by becoming the first CF card supplier in the world which can provide industrial and military grade rugged CF cards constructed with precision mechanics, full metal protection, sustain a wide range working temperature (-40C to approximately +125C) and offer an ultimate level of data protection and security features.

About Pretec

Pretec(TM) Electronics Corp. ( offers a complete spectrum of small form factor memory cards and card readers such as ATA/CF cards, MMC/SD cards, USB and IDE/MIDE(TM) flash drives for the digital imaging, mobile computing, and Military/Industrial Control markets; and is the creator of Innovative CompactI/O(TM) cards for PocketPC(TM), digital cameras and many IA devices. Pretec has consistently demonstrated the highest capacity CF cards in the world; such as 80MB, 128MB, 160MB, 320MB, 640MB, 1.5GB, 2GB, 3GB, and 6GB CF card at various locations around the world for the past six years.

(1) Note: WA: Write Acceleration Technology, which is pioneered by Lexar Media, Inc.

MIDE(TM), CompactI/O(TM), are trademarks of Pretec Electronics Corporation. PocketPC(TM) is trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are recognized as the property of their respective holders.

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