SanDisk Introduces 2GB Flash Card for Music Phones

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-31 Print this article Print

The company says the new flash memory card boasts the largest current capacity available in the world's smallest removable card for music and video phones.

Flash memory data storage card maker SanDisk has recorded a historic pair of days this week in its 18-year history. On July 31, the Milpitas, Calif.-based company introduced a 2GB microSD card—the largest capacity of the worlds smallest removable flash memory card—in order to meet demand for a new generation of MP3 music phones, including the forthcoming Verizon Wireless Chocolate mobile phone. On July 30, SanDisk announced that it is acquiring Israeli data storage company M-Systems for $1.55 billion in an all-stock transaction.
Apart from its retail line of mobile flash memory cards, SanDisk also announced the addition of a 2GB capacity to its OEM line of microSD cards, providing manufacturers with flash memory cards that range from 64MB to 2GB.
On the retail side, SanDisk offers capacities beginning at 256MB. SanDisks previous highest capacity was 1GB. Using the new SanDisk microSD flash memory card, the Verizon Wireless phone can store up to 1,000 digital songs (this assumes an average four-minute songs at 64K bps) downloaded from the companys V CAST music service. In addition, the Verizon Wireless Chocolate mobile phone also can capture digital still and video images with its 1.3-megapixel camera-camcorder. The card, which is sold with an adapter that lets it fit into a standard-size SD slot of other devices, will debut in the United States exclusively at 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores during the next 60 days. It will be priced at $99.99 by Verizon Wireless. Internationally, it will be sold by a variety of mobile retailers. Featuring a color screen, slider-style design and backlit red navigation, the phone is available July 31 on the Verizon Wireless website and will be in Verizon Wireless stores on Aug. 7. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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