Solar power brought to USB drives, MP3 players

— 11:44 AM on March 6, 2006

DigiTimes is reporting that A-Data and MSI have been working on solar-powered memory devices. At CeBit this week, MSI will be showing a solar-powered MP3 player that uses a solar module to boost battery life. A-Data will be launching Solar Disk thumb drives with capacities ranging from 128MB to 2GB, and built-in solar cells to power their LCD displays. The thumb drives will reportedly ship in April, with the MSI player to follow in June. While solar cells are generally less wasteful than batteries, one can't help but wonder how effective they'll be on devices that reside principally in one's pockets.

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