SanDisk and Sony have teamed up to create a couple of expanded formats that they say will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come.
The snappily named “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity" (tentative name) is designed to expand the Memory Stick PRO format series to achieve a storage capacity of 2 terabytes. Damn, man, that's huge!
The second innovation that the team of SanDisk and Sony announced is “Memory Stick HG Micro” format. It enables a maximum data-transfer speed of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s)2, making it one of the fastest-smallest memory card formats to date.
Why should you care? Because, before long, every digital photograph you shoot and every home video you produce will be in HD, and that stuff takes up a lot of memory, so your high-definition digital still cameras, DSLR cameras, and camcorder will need a grip of flash memory to hold your important memories.
Licensing corresponding to the “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity” and the “Memory Stick HG Micro” is scheduled to start in 2009.