A pen-sized storage solution, DiskOnKey, has been developed by US firm M-Systems.

The device plugs directly into USB ports, and carries 32MB of removable storage. Built with flash memory, DiskOnKey is cross-platform and needs no software drivers.

Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations, said: "DiskOnKey is an innovative and simple-to-use USB product. It advances data storage to meet the needs of on-the-go computing users."

Floppy is dead Dan Harkabi, vice president of the DiskOnKey division of M-Systems, said: "This simple device could replace low-capacity technologies like the floppy disk."

The product has been under development for 18 months, and will be available in 8, 16 and 32MB capacities initially, though higher capacities are promised

M-Systems has so far declined to comment to Macworld regarding UK distribution, launch price or release date for the product.