Sony Debuts Memory Stick Pro, Duo, Select
Sony Corp. updated its Memory Stick product line with three new options: a high-speed Pro version, a smaller Duo form factor, and Memory Stick Select, which will allow users to select blocks of data to record to.Sony Corp. updated its Memory Stick product line with three new options: a high-speed Pro version, a smaller Duo form factor, and Memory Stick Select, which will allow users to select blocks of data to record to. Pro cards will be produced at capacities up to 1 gigabyte, which matches the size of the latest SD cards introduced yesterday. The Memory Stick Pro transfers data at up to 160 Mbits/s, with a minimum data rate of 15 Mbits/s. "Memories, not just information, are stored on these tiny media cards," said said Mark Viken, senior vice president of the Information Technology Products Division at Sony Electronics, in a statement. "Sony developed Memory Stick Pro format together with SanDisk to ensure that those memories can be captured quickly and abundantly. In much the way that DVD takes up where CD left off, (the) Memory Stick Pro format builds upon the foundation of the popular standard Memory Stick platform."
The 256-Mbyte, 512-Mbyte, and 1-GByte MemoryStick Pro cards will be priced at about $190, $440, and $880, and will be available in April. SanDisk Corp. also said it would produce the cards, for list prices given as about a dollar less than Sony.