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Maximum Storage In Minimum Size: SanDisk Announces 1GB Memory Card

MWSF - Maximum Storage In Minimum Size: SanDisk Announces 1GB Memory Card

by , 10:00 AM EST, January 11th, 2002

Hard drives for both desktop and portable computers have been growing at a pretty steady rate, with 120GB desktop and 60GB portable hard drives now available. But the capacity of memory cards doesn't seem to be following the same curve. So imagine our surprise, while cruising the show floor, when we noticed the following item being displayed at the SanDisk booth:

Could it be? Did they actually cram 1GB of data into a Compact Flash card? Yes and no. The product, which was actually announced in November of last year, will be available, but not until later in Q1 2002, and is expected to sell for under US$800. Of special note, especially for owners of digital cameras, MP3 players and other devices is that this is the thinner Type I form factor, instead of the chunkier Type II form factor.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Although this product is currently more expensive than alternatives like the IBM Microdrive, it should help those who have no choice but to use Type I media. One of our favorite uses is to use a Compact Flash card as a sort of disk drive, helping share data among PCMCIA equipped portable Macs. Who needs a floppy!

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