Rumor: New Memory Sticks on the Way
News.com is reporting that Sony is close to unveiling a new, higher-capacity Memory Stick removable flash memory card. Sources say the new sticks may not be compatible with some older devices. The working title for the new capacity cards is Memory Stick Pro. This is not to be confused with the separate, smaller (next generation) memory stick Duo.
Expected to be unveiled at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, the new Sticks may uses a different architecture to achieve higher capacities than the original memory stick. Current MS cards top out at 128MB, but the new cards will come in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities. The new cards are also designed to allow for higher performance levels than the previous card format, so devices should be better able to perform high-end functions, such as playing streaming video.
When asked about the details of the news.com article and on the claim that the "memory stick pro" will not be compatible with older devices, a Sony PR Spokesperson said, "It (the news.com article) is inaccurate and based on rumor."
Sony previously announced that the long-awaited Memory Stick Duo will be released in Japan in July. Duos are about a third the size of regular Memory Sticks. There is no word yet on price or when they will be available in other countries.
A Duo card is 1.2 by .80 by .06 inches. It weighs .07 ounces. A regular Memory Stick is 2.0 by .85 by .11 inches and weighs .14 ounces. In 2004, Sony believes it will have 2 GB Memory Sticks and 1 GB Duos. The year after, it hopes to release 4 GB Memory Sticks.
The Duo Memory Stick format isn't a replacement for regular Memory Sticks; Sony will continue to make both through at least 2005. In addition, it projects that regular Memory Sticks will outsell Duo ones for the foreseeable future.
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