Sony Launches High-Capacity Memory Stick PRO

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Memory Stick PRO Brighthand’s Ed Hardy reports from CES in Las Vegas that Sony has announced two new Memory Stick formats: Memory Stick with Select Function and Memory Stick PRO. According to Sony, the new Memory Stick media with Memory Select Function is based on the existing Memory Stick media platform, which incorporates multiple 128MB memory units on a single card. Users of current Memory Stick media-enabled devices which support 128MB capacity can quickly and easily separate their personal data into the individual memory units via a switch located on the back of the media. A 256MB Memory Stick with Select Function will be available at retailers nationwide in April for about $160. One with four 128MB parts is in development.

Memory Stick PRO, on the other hand, has a maximum capacity of 32GB, but we’ll only see 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB sticks later this spring. However, the Memory Stick PRO is not compatible with all models of the CLIE handheld. While Sony is currently working on a patch to allow the NX series CLIEs and the just-announced CLIE NZ90 to use the Memory Stick PRO, they will not work will other CLIE models.

In addition, Sony said it would be releasing the first MagicGate Memory Stick Duo in the U.S. in February. The tiny MagicGate Memory Stick Duo card will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.sonystyle.com in 64MB and 128MB capacities for about $70 and $110, respectively. Both will ship with an adapter that is compatible with all devices with a Memory Stick media slot.

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