Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SanDisk/Sony announce 2TB storage card development

SanDisk Corporate Press Room Press Releases: "CES 2009, South Hall, Booth # 30659, LAS VEGAS– Jan. 7, 2009– SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come. “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity (Tentative name)” expands the “Memory Stick PRO” format series to achieve a maximum storage capacity of 2-terabytes (TB)1, while the “Memory Stick HG Micro” format enables a maximum data-transfer speed of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s)2, making it one of the fastest-smallest memory card formats to date."

Note that they aren't saying that they are soon going to be producing a 2TB memory card. What they are announcing is a new Memory Stick specification which will allow cards up to 2TB to be developed. The current maximum card capacity is 32GB. I suspect that a 2TB card is a long way off. At today's memory prices it would probably be prohibitively expensive. Today an 8GB card sells for maybe $50, so 2TB would cost $12,500 if priced at the same $ per GB!


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