Griffin Technology has announced an ExpressCard/34 5-in-1 memory card reader, compatible with the MacBook Pro.

The card reader is much faster than previously available USB 1.0 devices or downloading images directly from a digital camera using a USB cable. It offers read speeds of up to 480Mbps.

The solution works with both Mac OS X and Windows XP, no drivers or installation software is required. The reader draws power from the ExpressCard slot.

The reader handles most modern memory card formats, including:

- Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro
- SDTM Memory Card
- MultiMediaCard
- xD-Picture Card

The device ships with a card adaptor, which lets it also read:

- Memory Stick Duo
- Memory Stick Micro
- miniSD
- microSD
- MMCplus
- MMCmobile

The Griffin ExpressCard 5-in-1 Card Reader/Writer costs £19.99 including VAT. The device is distributed in the UK by AM Micro.