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Sandisk introduces Extreme III memory cards


Mark Peters : 2004-09-29 09:00:01
Sandisk Extreme 3 introduction : SanDisk today introduced the world's fastest flash memory cards - the SanDisk Extreme III line of CompactFlash, SD and Memory Stick PRO digital film cards. The CompactFlash and SD cards have minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) (based on SanDisk internal testing. 1 megabyte = 1 million bytes). Memory Stick PRO has minimum write and read speeds of 18 MB/sec. The SanDisk Extreme III cards, which range in capacity between one and four gigabytes, have essentially double the performance speeds of SanDisk’s predecessor Extreme product line which currently has the fastest working cards in many of today’s leading digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras (www.robgalbraith.com).


SanDisk launches Shoot & Store cards in Europe


Mark Peters : 2004-09-29 09:00:00
SanDisk today announced that it is introducing its Shoot & Store line of budget-priced flash memory cards in Europe through a variety of stores that offer film and processing services. The announcement was made during a press conference at Photokina 2004, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Hall 1.2, Aisle A, Booth 059 of the Cologne Exhibition Center. The cards, which are rewritable and function just like standard cards, are offered in capacities of 32 megabytes (MB), which holds up to 50 photos, and 64MB, which holds up to 100 photos, when used at a resolution setting of 1 megapixel (Actual number of photos may vary depending upon camera model, resolution and compression).


SanDisk quadruples top capacity of Ultra II cards


Mark Peters : 2004-09-29 09:00:00
SanDisk announced today that is has quadrupled the capacity of its high-speed SanDisk Ultra II line of flash memory cards that includes the development of a new 8GB CompactFlash Type I card. The top end SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO and SD cards now boast 4GB and 2GB of capacity respectively. The announcement was made at the Photokina trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Hall 1.2, aisle A, Booth 059. Each SanDisk Ultra II card features a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec. (Results based on testing with the popular HDBENCH benchmark software; actual results in digital cameras will vary by camera model.)


Apacer announces world's fastest CompactFlash Card


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-23 12:30:24
Apacer announces the world's fastest Photo Steno Pro II CompactFlash Card. The Apacer Photo Steno Pro II CompactFlash Card offers an outstanding data rate up to 15MB/Sec. Apacer's Photo Steno Pro II CompactFlash Card was developed jointly with SST (Silicon Storage Technology Inc.) and features SST's ATA Flash Disk Controller. "The goal of the joint development efforts between SST and Apacer is to provide the best CompactFlash card storage solutions for professional photography and industrial applications," said Bing Yeh, president and CEO, SST. "In our recent joint development with Apacer, we were able to surpass existing CompactFlash memory card technologies by utilizing SST’s flash memory controller with patented multi-tasking technology.


Samsung introduces 8-Gigabit NAND flash memory


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-21 14:15:51
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it has developed the industry's first 60-nanometer (nm) 8-Gigabit (Gb) NAND Flash memory device for data storage medium such as low density mobile hard disks for mobile appliances. "NAND flash technology development continues to double density growth on an average of every 12 months," said Dr. Chang Gyu Hwang, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor business. Verifying the New Memory Growth Model he first presented at the ISSCC's 2001conference, Dr. Hwang said the industry has seen densities grow from 256 Megabit (Mb) in 1999, to 512Mb in 2000, 1Gb in 2001, 2Gb in 2002, 4Gb in 2003 and now 8Gb in 2004"


Kingston introduces availability of 2 and 4GB CF


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-21 04:32:38
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the immediate availability of 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards featuring the latest in high-density Flash components to optimize performance and storage capabilities. As technological advancements produce more sophisticated digital devices, demand for higher-performing CompactFlash is continuing to grow. "Expanding our Elite Pro line to include the 2-GB and 4-GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards is essential to support imaging professionals with the best digital storage for their high-end cameras and devices," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston. The new 2-GB and 4-GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards provide a low-price-per-megabyte solution of reliable, high-speed media.


SanDisk breaks the $10 Price Barrier!


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-18 07:23:23
Delivering on its previously announced strategy to grow the consumable market for flash memory cards, SanDisk Corporation has introduced new, lower prices for its Shoot & Store line of flash storage cards that are sold in supermarkets, drug stores and other mass-merchant outlets. Effective August 30 in the U.S. market, the 50-photo (32-megabyte) card, priced previously at $14.99, now has a suggested retail price of $9.99. The price of a 100-photo (64MB) Shoot & Store card has been reduced from $24.99 to $14.99. These price changes are being applied throughout the Shoot & Store product lineup, which consists of CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick PRO and, in the next 30 days, xD-Picture Card (in 32MB capacity).


Lexar unveils Pro Cards with Encryption Technology


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-16 21:00:00
Lexar revealed plans to incorporate encryption technology into its Pro CompactFlash and, in conjunction with technology-compatible digital cameras, will provide users with a secure digital media solution. Professionals photographers and other security conscious users worldwide will have added confidence knowing that access to stored images and information is protected by a high-end encryption code technology. Central to this unique security solution is an easy-to-use software tool for establishing security settings on the memory card and corresponding digital camera. Digital content stored on the memory card can only be accessed via the digital camera(s) with the corresponding encryption key or via a PC with a valid username and password.


SanDisk Supplies miniSD Flash Cards to Samsung


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-15 01:35:42
SanDisk Corporation announced that it is supplying Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. with 32-megabyte (MB) miniSD memory cards that will be sold with a first-of-its-kind Samsung digital camera phone. The SPH-S2300, which has a resolution of 3.2 Megapixels, is reportedly the world's first such device with a 3X optical linear zoom. It has started selling in the Korean market. According to Samsung, the camera phone combines quality imaging and phone functionality. In addition to the high megapixel lens and optical zoom, the device has both automatic and manual settings for ISO and white balance, and the flash has been upgraded from an LED to a full, brightness-adjustable camera flash.


SanDisk and APM launch Extreme Adventure Series


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-13 04:04:06
SanDisk Corporation announced that SanDisk and American PHOTO magazine will launch the Extreme Adventure Series, a unique opportunity for avid photographers at all skill levels to gain first hand experience by working one-on-one with some of the world’s most famous photographers in six 'extreme' locations around the world starting in 2005. Each travel package will be auctioned off with winning bidders traveling to Florida for Super Bowl XXXIX, Indiana for the Indy 500 Auto Race, Botswana for an African safari, France for the Tour de France, Canada for a polar bear expedition and an exploration to India. The auction can be previewed at (http://www.ebay.com/americanphoto) and bidding will take place from September 10-20, 2004.


M-Systems and SanDisk signed an agreement


Mark Peters : 2004-09-10 08:30:34
M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. and SanDisk Corporation announced that they have signed a strategic collaboration and patent cross-license agreement to jointly develop and promote the next-generation USB flash drive platform. The collaboration will establish technology standards to enhance the usability and functionality of USB flash drives in a wide range of applications. The collaboration also opens the door to a standardized platform on which third party software application developers can develop powerful new applications for consumer and enterprise use. Both companies will contribute to the new USB flash drive standard their considerable patents and other intellectual property.


SanDisk launches Shoot & Store Cards in Mexico


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-09 00:01:06
SanDisk announced that it will sell its Shoot & Store line of affordable flash memory cards in Mexico to meet expanding consumer demand in Latin America’s largest market for digital cameras. The announcement was made during a series of press briefings in Mexico City. The cards, offered in capacities of 50 photos (32-megabyte) and 100 photos (64-megabyte), are aimed at consumers who are transitioning from film-based cameras to digital photography or who want the simplicity of storing their images indefinitely without downloading to a computer or saving to a CD-ROM or DVD. The Shoot & Store line consists of the most popular flash card formats - SD, CompactFlash and Memory Stick PRO.


SanDisk CF survives blast that destroys camera


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-08 09:00:21
When a demolition crew set off an explosion to bring down an old highway bridge on the Mississippi River, newspaper photographer Don Frazier was so close that his hair stood on end. His digital camera, positioned on a tripod at an even closer point to remotely capture the event, fared much worse. It was blown to bits. But to Frazier's amazement, there on the ground, inches from the shattered remnants of his new pro-level camera, was his SanDisk 256MB CompactFlash card, which he had owned since 1999. Surprisingly, except for a few nicks, it was unscathed, even though it had been blasted from the camera chamber. And when he inserted the card into a PC reader, up popped an image that has astonished everyone who's seen it.


Imation launches 1GB USB 2.0 Swivel Flash Drive


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-06 00:45:08
Imation announced the availability of its one gigabyte (GB) USB 2.0 Swivel Flash Drive, extending its flash drive line with offerings ranging from 128 megabytes (MB) to 1GB. Ideal for business users and consumers alike, the new Imation USB 2.0 Swivel Flash Drives feature a "never-lose" swivel cap design, delivering an easy, portable means of protecting, transferring and sharing digital information. "USB Flash drives are increasingly popular with people who need to share large files or to carry their files for use on different computers," said Jim Ellis, general manager, New Business Ventures, Imation Corp. "Imation is meeting this market need with a USB flash drive design that is uniquely useful and convenient.


Fujifilm 1GB xD-Picture Card coming soon


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-03 13:45:05
The range of memory cards by Fujifilm has now been increased to include the MMC card. With capacities of 64 MB to 1GB the new memory media is used primarily in mobile phones and PDAs. The xD-Picture Card series will also be expanded: the xD-Picture Card will be available with a capacity of 1GB before the end of this year. Further memory sizes will be: 64, 128, 256 and 512 MByte. All Fujifilm memory cards are very robust, fast and energy conserving as they are based on reliable SLC (single level cell)technology in contrast to many no-name products. These are cells with one memory level. The advantage: SLC cards always store only one data bit per memory cell and thus ensure compatibility.


SanDisk supplies Reduces Size MMC for Siemens S65


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-02 04:35:30
SanDisk announced that it will supply Siemens Information and Communication Mobile of Germany, the world's fourth largest producer of mobile phones, with Reduced Size MultiMediaCards (RS-MMC) for sale with the new high-performance Siemens S65 handset. At roughly half the size of a postage stamp, the SanDisk RS-MMC is one of the world's smallest flash memory form factors. A 32-megabyte RS-MMC will be bundled with sales of the Siemens mobile phones, which are expected to reach dealers in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America by October 1, 2004. "This represents a significant OEM design win for the RS-MMC flash memory form factor, which we recently introducedand we're pleased that Siemens has decided to include our cards."


SanDisk's Ultra II CF Cards Win TIPA Award


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-26 10:00:38
SanDisk announced that the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), an association made up of 30 top photography publications from across Europe, has awarded its Best Imaging Storage Media Award to the SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash line of high-speed storage cards. The SanDisk Ultra II cards were recognized by leading editors, many of whom are professional photographers, as setting "a new standard for industry performance." TIPA editors judge on quality, performance and value-criteria that are very important to all photographers. "We have worked very hard to take the leadership position in the digital camera storage card market," said Nelson Chan, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's retail business unit.


Sony's Memory Stick PRO Media adds 2GB


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-25 22:30:17
Sony Electronics is providing Memory Stick PRO media users with an expanded range of enhanced media that not only offers higher capacities and are high-speed read and write capable, but are also compatible with a vast array of current Memory Stick PRO devices. The updated Memory Stick PRO (High Speed) media features capacities of up to 2GB in the standard-size media and 1GB in the Memory Stick PRO Duo media size and are designed to support both read and write speeds of up to 80Mbps (10MB/s.). Among the fastest in the flash media industry, this higher speed will be especially beneficial for transferring data-intensive images, such as high-resolution digital photos, to and from PCs and other devices.


SanDisk wins EISA Award for Ultra II cards


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-24 04:53:12
SanDisk Corporation announced that the European Imaging & Sound Association (EISA), has named the SanDisk Ultra II line of high-speed storage cards as the European Memory Card of the Year 2004-2005. The SanDisk Ultra II cards recently won a TIPA award, making this the second prestigious European award earned for the Ultra II cards’ speed and performance. EISA is the largest editorial multimedia organization in Europe, with a membership of 50 Audio, Mobile Electronics, Video and Photo magazines drawn from 20 European countries. The highly sought-after awards are presented annually in recognition of new products that combine the most advanced technology, performance and value.


SanDisk launches Shoot & Store in South America


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-16 03:00:25
SanDisk announced that it has launched its Shoot & Store line of inexpensive flash memory cards in South and Central America as sales of digital cameras in the region are growing rapidly. The announcement was made at PhotoImageBrazil 2004. The cards, offered in capacities of 50 photos (32-megabyte) and 100 photos (64-megabyte - based on resolution of 1 Megapixel), are aimed at consumers who are transitioning from film-based cameras to digital photography or who want the simplicity of storing their images indefinitely without downloading to a computer or saving to an optical disc. The Shoot & Store line consists of the most popular flash card formats, SD, CompactFlash and Memory Stick PRO.






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