Cornice Ups Capacity to 2GB

Cornice Inc., which has designed a stripped-down, compact 1.0-inch disk drive for consumer applications, said Monday that it will soon begin shipping a larger 2GB drive.

The Cornice Storage Element eliminates many of the components needed for more conventional hard disk drives used in laptops and in desktop PCs, such as RAM and ROM memory and dedicated connectors. The company unveiled the 1.5GB version in June of last year.

Cornice, based in Longmont, Colo., will be unveiling the new drive at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The Rio Nitrus, Creative Labs MuVo2 and iRiver IGP-100 MP3 players have already been built around 1.5GB Cornice drive; other products built around the Cornice drive include the Samsung ITCAM-9 (an MPEG-4-based miniature camcorder) and the MPIO HS100 1.5GB USB portable drive from Korean manufacturer Digitalway.

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