Feeds

Anthrax sweep spoils electronics goods

Going Postal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The US Postal Service may be damaging electronic goods by irradiating parcels to guard against anthrax.

Compact flash memory cards can become unusable after been subjected to intense beams of electrons, the CompactFlash Association warned at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, Reuters reports.

"Testing has confirmed that these systems, damage not only semiconductors, but other goods as well, including pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, biological samples, and photographic film," the group warned.

The US Postal Service has used e-beam irradiation systems to sterilise postal packets since October.

The Association says it intends to work with the Post Office in finding safe ways to deliver semiconductor goods by mail.

While e-beam irradiation systems carry a risk of damaging CompactFlash cards, X-ray scanners at airports have been determined to be safe. ®

Related Stories

CompactFlash hits 1GB
Virgin Mobile adds to anthrax scares
Business should 'embrace anthrax' and Internet
MS anthrax letter un-confirmed

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.