SanDisk Intros 2 Gigabyte Memory Stick Pro

SanDisk today introduced a 2 gigabyte (GB) Memory Stick PRO, the highest capacity available in this card format. SanDisk also introduced the first Memory Stick PRO Duo cards that it has designed and manufactured.

Sony and SanDisk jointly pioneered Memory Stick PRO to meet the growing consumer need for high performance and high capacity flash cards for a wide variety of digital devices including digital cameras, camcorders and PDAs. These new cards are manufactured by and include advanced technology from SanDisk to assure optimal performance and large capacities at very competitive prices. SanDisk meets or exceeds all Memory Stick PRO specifications and performs extensive testing to guarantee compatibility.

2GB Memory Stick PROSanDisk has dramatically extended its commitment to the Memory Stick flash card format by upping our investment in design, manufacturing, technology and the channel to rapidly grow the market," said Nelson Chan, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's retail business unit.

The new SanDisk MS PRO and MS PRO Duo cards are now distinguished by their outer blue plastic shells that represent the standard look across all of SanDisk's mainstream memory cards. MS PRO Duo cards are roughly half the size of MS PRO and are intended for use in smaller sized digital devices. An adapter is included with every MS PRO Duo and can be used in MS PRO compatible devices.

The new Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards have security features that let consumers safeguard their pictures, music and video from being lost or erased by accidentally removing the card while it is in use. For commercial content providers, the new format includes the MagicGate( copyright technology, which provides secure protection of commercial and copyrighted content, such as digital music and, in the future, video and games.

Memory Stick PRO-enabled devices can capture and play back DVD-quality video in real time as well as store multiple hours of CD-quality music, high-resolution digital images and other applications that require high performance and large capacities.

SanDisk Memory Stick PRO cards are expected to be available in February 2004 with capacities that range from 256MB to 2GB and suggested list prices from $100 to $1,000. SanDisk-manufactured Memory Stick PRO Duo cards are expected to be available Q1 2004 at a suggested list price of $104.99 and $224.99 for the 256MB and 512MB capacities respectively (Memory Stick Pro adapter included).

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That's just great. Now where's my SD Wi-Fi for Palm?

pdouglas12 @ 1/9/2004 7:53:39 PM #
That's it fellas. Keep bringing out new stuff without keeping your promises on the old stuff. You make it hard to like you guys. Are you listening to your customers?

RE: That's just great. Now where's my SD Wi-Fi for Palm?
Hal2000 @ 1/9/2004 11:14:24 PM #
Yeah, I'm just going to mention it no matter what the headline is. (Life on mars.........where's my wifi sd card?) Sandisk owes me for my malfunctioning 256 card and I'm pissed. Extensive testing my ass!

RE: That's just great. Now where's my SD Wi-Fi for Palm?
EthiopianFlash @ 1/10/2004 12:12:07 AM #
Thats the problem, their doing extensive testing on your ass instead of the wi-fi sd card...

SJ30 > T|T3

Memory products from Sandisk? NO THANK YOU.

Strider_mt2k @ 1/10/2004 7:02:08 AM #
Anyone who reads should know better than to buy Sandisk memory cards.

Bigger cards just means more of your data for them to not claim responsibility for!

This is one company that has some work to do to re-build it's reputation.

RE: Memory products from Sandisk? NO THANK YOU.
somas1 @ 1/10/2004 7:53:31 PM #
What you are saying is true for sd cards but I've used sony, lexar and san disk memory sticks and they all work identically. I don't know why brand matters with sd cards.


mini-me @ 1/10/2004 2:10:09 PM #
If I am to interpret the article correctly, the 2GB stick costs 1000 USD? That is steep! I could buy a whole PDA for that price and have money left over for a carrying case, and accessories!

PDA and Operating System Junkie
Current Devices: P800 and iPaq 3870
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RE: price?
Midknyte @ 1/11/2004 2:12:04 AM #
I'd rather put that kind of money towards a pda with a built-in 20 gig mini harddrive. (NOT the 2 or 4 gig claris drive...)


RE: price?
abhinay @ 1/11/2004 3:10:51 AM #
The 2GB Memstick isn't targetted at consumers quite yet, unless they get that price down... its more for professional photographers... oh wait... there's no professional camera using the Memory Stick Format. Then I guess its only people owning F717's and F828's who'll buy it.

RE: price?
HandyMan @ 1/11/2004 3:24:36 PM #
F828 has a CF II slot. So why would you buy a 2GB Memory Stick Pro when you can get a CF or microdrive for half the price?

RE: price?
macdaddinator @ 1/11/2004 7:22:54 PM #
Half the price? You can get Lexar's top-of-the-line 1GB 40x "Pro" series card for $250. MicroDrives are even less.
RE: price?
lash @ 1/12/2004 2:17:40 AM #
Thats really what these companies need to do. I know its probably almost impossible but is anyone working on a micro-drive memory stick or SD card? I no longer have any device which uses CF and I think alot of people are becomming similarly CF-disabled.


orb2069 @ 1/20/2004 9:54:35 AM #
I thought Duo was a work-around for the memory ceiling of the early non-pro systems? What's the point of Pro Duo?



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