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SanDisk Rolls Out Flash Media

4 GB CompactFlash card to ship in April By Dave Nagel
SanDisk has introduced several new configurations in its lineup of flash media, including new CompactFlash and Memory Stick Pro. These include faster versions of the cards, as well as a higher-capacity 4 GB CompactFlash hybrid FAT16/FAT32 model that's expected to be available in April.

On the CompactFlash front, SanDisk has announced both higher-capacity and higher-performance models. The new, faster cards include the Extreme and Ultra II CompactFlash Type I models, offering a minimum write speed of 9 MB per second and a minimum read speed of 10 MB per second. (The Extreme cards also offer a wider range of operating temperatures, from -13 degrees F to 185 degrees F.) Both types of cards are designed in capacities from 256 MB to 2 GB and are available now, except for the 2 GB card, which will ship at the end of the month. The Extreme cards sell for $109.99 (256 MB) to $849.99 (2 GB), while the Ultra II cards sell for $99.99 (256 MB) to $799.99 (2 GB).

SanDisk has also announced a 4 GB CompactFlash card designed to be used in any digital camera or other device compatible with CompactFlash media. The Type I card offers support for FAT16 and FAT32 file formats and includes a switch for setting the type of volume to be used. In FAT32 mode, it will operate as a single 4 GB card, while in FAT16, it will appear as two separate 2 GB volumes. The 4 GB card is expected to ship in April for $999.99.

The company has also added Memory Stick Pro to its Extreme and Ultra II lineups. They offer the same read/write speeds and environmental conditions as the CompactFlash variants and come in 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB capacities for $129.99, $329.99 and $679.99, respectively. They're expected to be available at the end of the month.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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