SanDisk, the world’s largest supplier of flash memory data Storage cards, introduced its new Ultra II line of high-speed CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards yesterday. Aimed at the professional digital camera and prosumer market, the Ultra II cards have a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second and a minimum read speed of 10 megabytes per second, according to SanDisk. This enables professional photographers to shoot and save large megapixel pictures faster, view images on their camera?s LCD screen more quickly, and upload them faster to their computer.
The Ultra II CF cards will be available within the next thirty days in 256MB ($104.99), 512MB ($209.99) and 1 gigabyte ($429.99) capacities, while the SD cards will be available in 256MB ($129.99) and 512MB ($289.99) capacities, in October and November respectively.
Cor Vos, an internationally-known photographer and an official photographer at the recent Tour de France bike race, used a new SanDisk Ultra II CF card to shoot the race. “With this new SanDisk Ultra II card, ” said Vos, “I was able to take pictures so rapidly that I captured every fast-moving scene that I wanted. Previously when I shot the race, I sometimes missed key pictures because my slower performing flash card was still downloading images from the buffer and I couldn’t use my camera. I see a huge performance difference with these new Ultra II CompactFlash cards, and I think that every professional and serious photographer will want to have them in their equipment bag.”
According to SanDisk, the significantly higher performance of the Ultra II cards (which will replace the current Ultra cards) was achieved by a combination of SanDisk?s high capacity 0.13 micron NAND memory and new controllers that enable high bandwidth data transfer from the host bus to the NAND memory.