Microsoft and SanDisk have agreed to collaborate on the development of a next-generation software and hardware solution to place application programs and personal customisation on USB flash drives and flash memory cards.
The new technology is an extension of SanDisk’s existing U3 Smart Technology, and will replace the older version.
Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will develop new software and SanDisk will focus on the hardware, including the addition of TrustedFlash security technology.
SanDisk will incorporate the completed solution on removable flash memory cards and Cruzer USB flash drives.
The joint venture expects products to be commercially available from the second half of 2008.
U3 smart drives can store not only files, but also Windows software applications together with their associated preferences and settings.
The new version under development will also allow users to carry a customised user interface, applications and data on a flash storage device such as a USB flash drive or flash memory card.