LetsGoDigital - CeBIT 2003 - Live Showfloor Coverage
SanDisk introduces world's first 4GB CompactFlash type I card
After our coverage of the PMA 2300 event held in Las Vegas we travelled to San Francisco where we visited SanDisk in Sunnyvale. We had a preview of all kind of new products SanDisk is introducing during this CeBIT 2003 event. When Mike Wong from SanDisk told us that they would introduce a 4GB CompactFlash type I during the upcoming CeBIT 2003 event it was pretty exciting news, but when we got to hear the suggested retail price of $999.99 we were amazed! It was only a year ago that a 1GB CompactFlash type I card had the highest storage capacity for a street price of $999 and now one year later a quadruple storage capacity type I for the same price!
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The introduction of the 4 GB CompactFlash type I card means that SanDisk has the world's largest capacity CompactFlash type I memory card in its hands. With the new announcement, SanDisk is leveraging its production .13 micron NAND Flash technology and a new advanced high density component package to quadruple the capacity of its largest capacity CF card. The card, which is in the popular type I CF format, will be demonstrated during this CeBIT 2003 event in Hall 21, booth B-24.
With this unprecedented flash storage, more than 4000 high resolution pictures could be stored on the 4GB CompactFlash card, or more than 1000 digital songs or even a length DVD movie. SanDisk also introduces a 2GB type I CompactFlash card at this CeBIT event.
SanDisk CompactFlash cards are all built in the type I format which fit into any CompactFlash slot. More than 500 different consumer electronics devices have CF slots today. High capacity CF cards (including Microdrive) from other manufacturers typically built to the thicker type II format and will only fit in a limited number of devices available today.
According to Chris Cute, senior analyst at the IDC market research firm, the predictions are an increase demand for higher capacity CompactFlash cards because of the growing popularity of high-resolution digital cameras and other consumer electronics products. This new SanDisk card will be an especially compelling product for professional photographers who need all the storage capacity they can get to store their many images.
The new SanDisk 4GB CompactFlash type I card has a suggested retail price of $999.99 and is expected to start shipping this summer. The 2GB CompactFlash card has a suggested retail price of $499.99 and is expected to start shipping in May, 2003.