Yaskawa Electric America Inc, Northbrook, Illinois reckons that people are going to want to slot external floppy disk drives into the PCMCIA sockets on their handheld computers and personal digital assistants, and has launched the first of a new 2000 series of 1.44Mb 3.5 drives. Noting that floppy storage is much cheaper than Flash, it says that the external unit comes with a PCMCIA card, cable and power supply. No software drivers required – it is able to handle driver issues through PCMCIA’s card-socket services. It is compatible with PCMCIA 2.1 and JEIDA 4.2 type 2 slot standards but MS-DOS 5.0 or higher is required. It is mains-powered, will ship in first quarter 1994, and Yaskawa is pricing it so that its OEM customers can make money selling it for $400.