Flash memory specialist SanDisk has just unveiled its smallest USB Flash drive to date, the Cruzer Blade. About the size of a paper clip and weighing in at just 2.5 grams, the drives come in storage capacities starting from 2GB right up to a 4,000 MP3-capacity 16GB.

The SanDisk Cruzer Blade's sturdy little frame measures just 1.63 x 0.69 x 0.29 inches and weighs about the same as a penny. The company's Kent Perry explained that "at half the size of some other USB drives, our compact Cruzer Blade provides consumers with highly portable storage at a great value. The drive lets users transfer their digital data quickly between computers, and delivers a storage boost to devices such as netbooks that often need additional memory but are difficult to upgrade easily."

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Although SanDisk's smallest USB flash drive, the Cruzer Blade is not of course the smallest available. Sony has been offering its 1.26 x 0.57 x 0.1 inch Sony MicroVault Tiny in 1GB to 8GB capacities for some time and Kingmax also has a range of teeny drives, the company's smallest being the 1.24 x 0.47 x 0.07 inch, 8GB or 16GB Super Stick Mini.

The Cruzer Blade is available now in the U.S. and Canada, with the 2GB version costing US$14.99, 4GB coming in at US$21.99, the 8GB drive priced at US$38.99 and the 16GB variety topping the price tree at US$77.99.

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