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SanDisk Announces New Ultra II And Extreme III Cards

SanDisk announced a number of flash media novelties at PMA.

First, there's the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo card with a minimum write speed of 9 MB/sec and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec.

The second novelty in the Ultra II series is the 2GB SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus card that combines USB connectivity and flash memory storage. Folding the card in half reveals a high-speed USB 2.0 connector.

The Ultra II cards have the following suggested retail prices and availability:

  • Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo 512MB–2GB: $59.99- $119.99, available now
  • Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo 4GB: $239.99, available in March
  • Ultra II SD Plus 512MB: $69.99, Now
  • Ultra II SD Plus 1GB: $89.99, Now
  • Ultra II SD Plus 2GB: $134.99, June

Then there are increased capacities in the Extreme III series. The new cards include the 8GB CompactFlash, 2GB SD and 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo. SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash and SD cards have minimum write and read speeds of 20 MB/sec. Memory Stick PRO Duo cards have minimum write and read speeds of 18 MB/sec.

SanDisk Extreme III cards use SanDisk-developed ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing) technology that combines advanced NAND flash memory chips and controller designs, 32-bit RISC processing and algorithms for improved read and write operations. The cards also include RescuePRO software that allows photographers to easily recover accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or data.

SanDisk Extreme III cards are available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD formats. Suggested retail prices and availability are as follows:

  • Extreme III CF 1-4GB: $99.99 - $279.99, available now
  • Extreme III CF 8GB: $559.99, available in March
  • Extreme III Memory Stick PRO Duo 1–2GB: $109.99- $209.99, available now
  • Extreme III Memory Stick PRO Duo 4GB: $419.99, available in March
  • Extreme III SD 1GB: $99.99, available now
  • Extreme III SD 2GB: $199.99, available in March

Source: SanDisk

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