Sony Releases New Breed of Memory Cheaper and Earlier Than Expected

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Sony’s Memory Stick format has been engaged in a love/hate relationship with Clie owners. Now Sony is hoping for more love with the release of their new memory sticks in up to 1GB sizes. The bonus? Prices are lower than previously reported and they’ll be available a month earlier.

The first memory stick pro’s will come out in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB sizes priced at $150, $320 and $640 respectively. The 256MB model immediately doubles the maximum size currently available to Clie and other consumer electronics owners. The rub? These new sticks will not work with any existing PDAs in the Clie line.

Sony is working on a patch that should be released in conjunction with the new sticks that will allow NX and NZ series Clie owners to use them. Other Clie’s will not be supported, even the newer models like the SJ33. The MS Pro will also use the MagicGate security technology. The theoretical limit of these new sticks is 32MB, although we will not see that for quite a while.

Sony also has a second product coming to market that has been in development with Sandisk, Memory Stick Select. For those who want more than 128MB of memory but don’t have supported hardware, this new 256MB card is really two 128MB cards with a switch. The price is expected to be $135 for this model, with a 512MB model also in the works.

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