SanDisk introduced a 2GB SanDisk Memory Stick PRO, the highest capacity available in this card format to date. SanDisk also introduced the first Memory Stick PRO Duo cards that it has designed and manufactured. The new cards were introduced at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show 2004 (CES).
Sony and SanDisk jointly pioneered Memory Stick PRO to meet the growing consumer need for high performance and high capacity flash cards for a wide variety of digital devices including digital cameras, camcorders and PDAs. The new SanDisk MS PRO and MS PRO Duo cards are now distinguished by their outer blue plastic shells that represent the standard look across all of SanDisk's mainstream memory cards. MS PRO Duo cards are roughly half the size of MS PRO and are intended for use in smaller sized digital devices. An adapter is included with every MS PRO Duo and can be used in MS PRO compatible devices.
The new Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards have security features that let consumers safeguard their pictures, music and video from being lost or erased by accidentally removing the card while it is in use. For commercial content providers, the new format includes the MagicGate copyright technology, which provides secure protection of commercial and copyrighted content, such as digital music and, in the future, video and games.
Memory Stick PRO-enabled devices can capture and play back DVD-quality video in real time as well as store multiple hours of CD-quality music, high-resolution digital images and other applications that require high performance and large capacities.
SanDisk Memory Stick PRO cards are expected to be available in February 2004 with capacities that range from 256MB to 2GB and suggested list prices from US$100 to US$1,000 .
SanDisk-manufactured Memory Stick PRO Duo cards are expected to be available Q1 2004 at a suggested list price of US$104.99 and US$224.99 for the 256MB and 512MB capacities respectively (Memory Stick Pro adapter included).