In 1998, the CompactFlash Association (CFA) released v1.4 of the open specification that defines the hardware and software interfaces for CompactFlash card memory devices. The CompactFlash specification is the ubiquitous standard for all memory devices bearing the “CFA” logo. CompactFlash cards provide a mechanism to store large amounts of digital information, much like a hard drive on a personal computer. The difference is that CompactFlash cards are purely solid state devices with memory capacity limited to approximately 512 Megabytes. These devices have a variety of applications, most of which utilize the CompactFlash card as a DOS compatible drive. These devices include digital cameras, digital voice and video recorders, MP3 players, embedded PCs (running Linux, Windows NT, or the like), and PDAs, among others.