Sony introduces ultra-slim USB drives

Just when you thought flash memory couldn't get any smaller, another product comes out that makes you think otherwise. This week Sony rolled out its new Micro Vault Tiny drive. The superslim drive uses a flat USB connector that's becoming increasingly common on peripherals, and enables whatever device is using it to assume a eye-catching, svelte form.

Measuring barely half-an-inch wide and just over an inch long, and no thicker than a quarter, this new line of flash drives comes in an array of colors, each keyed to specific capacity offerings--256MB (orange), 512MB (violet), 1GB (blue), 2GB (green) and 4GB (purple).

Each drive ships with a clip-on carry-case so you can wear the unit or attach it to another device. Sony ships the drive with its Virtual Expander software for automatically compressing and decompressing files.