Memory Stick Pro Earlier & Cheaper
Sony has announced that the new Memory Stick Pro format will make its debut sooner than previously announced and at reduced price levels. Look for the faster and higher capacity memory sticks to arrive in stores this month.
Introduced earlier this year in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities, the Memory Stick PRO flash media format will be available in March for about $150, $320 and $640, respectively.
Previously, Sony announced the cards would not be available until April at higher price points.
In addition, for users of current Memory Stick media-enabled devices, Sony announced it will simultaneously debut the new Memory Stick® media with Memory Select Function. Initially available in 256MB (128MBx2) capacity, it will sell for about $135. Memory Stick select incorporates multiple 128MB memory units on a single card, via a selector switch on the card.
Jointly developed with SanDisk Corporation, the new generation of memory cards features high capacity, high-speed data transfer, high-level security and future expandability. The Memory Stick PRO format was designed to realize continuous real-time recording of high capacity high-resolution moving images, with recording capacities specified up to 32GB. In addition to its theoretical maximum transfer speed of 160Mbps, a main advantage of the Memory Stick PRO format is its minimum write speed of 15Mbps as a format standard, which will enable continuous real-time recording of high-resolution moving images.
While new Memory Stick PRO media-enabled devices are expected to ship in spring 2003, certain devices currently in the market are able to accept the new format cards either natively or through a downloadable software patch. Only Sony’s Palm OS 5 handhelds including the NX and NZ series are compatible with Memory Stick Pro.
Thanks to Dan Royea for the tip.
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