Addonics Technologies will ship its Pocket Memory Reader this week – aimed at people who seek a low-cost and portable solution to their Flash card reading needs.

Weighing in at 4.5 ounces, this CompactFlash Card reader uses the USB port to provide a high speed means to transfer digital images or data to an iMac.

Designed for the mobile photography and mobile computer market this equipment allows users of digital cameras, and other mobile electronic products, using CompactFlash Cards or IBM's Micro Drive, to bypass the parallel port and connect directly to USB. With the iMac’s lack of parallel port, the device offers a way to transfer images and data at a rate of one megabyte per second.

This product release follows hot on the heels of last week’s Pocket CD-RW, a device that enables USB-equipped Macs to record and play back digital quality sound and video, or to rewrite and backup data onto CD-R or CD-RW media.

System requirements are a USB port, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, a CD-ROM drive and 16MB RAM. Details of UK sales, price and distribution are not available at this time.