From the press release:
The latest Memory Stick offerings, which are expected to ship this spring, give SanDisk the world’s first 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. That capacity will be available in both the existing Standard line and the new SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo line, which provides faster read and write speeds for devices that can utilize them.
SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo
The new SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo family is being offered in three capacities: 512 megabytes (MB), 1GB and 2GB. Suggested retail prices are $119.99, $209.99 and $479.99. These cards have minimum write and read speeds of 10MB per second. The Ultra II line is designed for digital still cameras that have resolutions of 5 megapixels and higher, including “prosumer” cameras that average 6 to 8 megapixels. Users can photograph moving objects more easily, although image quality depends on the make, model and speed capabilities of each camera.
“Sony continues to introduce cameras, such as the Cyber-shot(R) DSC-F828 and the new DSC-V3, that can leverage the fast Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo cards,” said Tanya Chuang, a SanDisk retail product marketing manager. “We expect to see more digital still cameras with higher resolutions that can benefit from performance flash memory cards. As one of the innovators in Memory Stick PRO Duo design, SanDisk strongly supports this popular format.”
Memory Stick PRO Duo Standard
Designed for a wide range of electronic devices, many of them recently introduced by Sony and other companies, the SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Duo Standard line is ideal for memory-intensive use, and is offered in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and, now, 2GB. Products that have Memory Stick PRO Duo slots include portable game and multimedia systems (such as the new Sony PSP), mobile phones, digital camcorders, MP3 players, desktop PCs and laptops and printers. Suggested retail price of the new Standard 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is $359.99, which includes a Memory Stick adapter that makes it compatible with all Memory Stick PRO devices.
As the proliferation of the Memory Stick PRO Duo format continues, the cards are used not only to save digital still photos but also to capture MPEG4 video clips, video games, music, audio books and even computer-generated word and graphics files. “SanDisk offers the widest range of Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, giving consumers the option to choose the most appropriate capacities for their applications,” said Susan Park, SanDisk retail product marketing manager for the Memory Stick line. “Moreover, the introduction of the 2GB PRO Duo card reflects SanDisk’s commitment to Memory Stick PRO Duo and to our objective of staying on the leading edge of technology.”