SanDisk Announces SD Card That’s Also a USB Flash Drive

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SanDisk has officially announced an innovative SD flash memory card with built-in USB connectivity.

The SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus works in any SD card slot, and also can be used as a high-speed USB 2.0 flash drive.

Tanya Chuang, SanDisk retail product marketing manager, said, “The new Ultra II SD Plus, which can be used in a wide variety of SD-based products?including digital cameras, PDAs, camcorders and camera phones?means greater convenience and cost savings for consumers. Now, to transfer data, images, audio or video between computers, digital cameras and other electronic devices, you don’t need a card reader, cables or card adapters. Just flip the card to engage the USB connector and simply plug the Ultra II SD PLUS into any USB port. And the card also features an LED that blinks when data transfer is taking place to indicate that the card is being used as a USB flash drive.”

SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus This card will offer write speeds of up to 9 MB/sec. and read speeds of 10 MB/sec.

SanDisk showed off a prototype of this card last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, but this latest announcement gives more details.

Despite this announcement, though, this card is still a couple of months away. SanDisk says it expects to start shipping to stores in April.

The SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus initially will be available in two capacities: 512 MB ($110) and 1 GB ($150).

For comparison sake, the suggested price of a 512 MB SanDisk Ultra II SD card without the USB connectivity is $90, while the 1 GB version’s suggested price is $125.

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