Taiwan-based A-Data Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) plan to introduce solar cells into their latest flash-based memory devices at CeBIT in Germany.
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A-Data is launching the Solar Disk thumb drive (left image) equipped with a solar cell module. The drive does not have a built-in battery and the solar cell module powers its LCD display to show remaining capacity.
MSI will be demoing a solar cell-equipped MP3 player (right image). The solar cell won't be the sole source of juice for the prototype player, rather it uses the solar module to charge the built-in lithium battery and provide supplementary power to extend battery life. A-Data's drive is expected to be generally available in April. MSI plans to move this product into mass production in time for Computex in June 2006.
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More details on the DigiTimes Site.