SanDisk has announced that a 2 GB SD card will go on the market before the end of the year. This will be the first time a SD card of this capacity is available.
This company has also announced an 8 GB CompactFlash Type I card and 4 GB Memory Stick PRO card.
All of these will be part of SanDisk’s Ultra II family of flash memory cards, and all are expected to be available in November.
According to SanDisk, these cards have a minimum write speed of 9 MB/sec. and a minimum read speed of 10 MB/sec. Of course, actual performance will vary between devices using the cards.
Often, high-capacity memory cards have extremely high prices when they are first announced, well out of the price range of most people. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case with SanDisk’s 2 GB SD card.
When it goes on sale, the 2 GB SD card will cost just $240. For comparison, when SanDisk first began offering a 1 GB SD card at the beginning of this year, it cost $500.
Fortunately, the price for a 1 GB SD card has dropped quite a bit since then. SanDisk’s 1 GB Ultra II SD card is now available for $120.
However, it will be some time before the average user picks up a SanDisk 8 GB CompactFlash card. The suggested price for this is $960.
The company’s upcoming 4 GB Memory Stick PRO card will also sell for $960.
More information on the Ultra II family of flash memory cards is available on the SanDisk web site.