Consumer electronics maker e.Digital has created a reference design for digital audio players based on IBM's Microdrive, a 340MB removable, miniature hard drive. Right now, the vast majority of digital audio players use flash memory to store songs. But analysts predict
that more and more digital audio players will start to use alternative types of storage such as hard drives. The Microdrive can store more than six hours worth of digital audio files.
San Diego-based e.Digital demonstrated production-ready digital audio players at the CeBit trade show in Hanover, Germany, which ended this week. The company expects licensees to use its reference design to build their own products.