Sony 2TB MemoryStick XC: Sony Flash-Speicherstick mit 2 Terabyte!

5. August 2009 | by TechFieber.de

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Flash-Speicher-Fieber bei Sony: Beim japanischen Unterhaltungselektronik-Riesen Sony bahnt sich eine wahre Revolution an. Denn der Konzern aus Tokio hat ein Mini-Speicherwunder in der Pipeline, den sogenannten neuen Sony 2TB MemoryStick XC. Ein Flash-Speicherstick mit sage und schreibe zwei Terabyte Speicherkapazität, den Sony gemeinsam mit dem Flash-Memory-Spezialisten SanDisk aus dem Silicon Valley entwickelt hat.

Und dieser Winzling hat das Potenzial, die komplette Speicher-Industrie umzukrempeln. Bislang verfügt der größte Memory Stick PRO über gerade mal 32GB. Etwa in Mini-Computern wie Netbooks könnten sich die „2TB MemoryStick XC“-Winz-Speicher, die Übertragungsgeschwindigkeiten von bis zu 60 Megabyte pro Sekunde (MB/s) erreichen sollen, als populäre Speicherweiterungen andienen.

Aber auch Vielknisper mit hochauflösenden Spiegelreflex-Kameras oder pixelhungrige HD-Video-Fans wird eine Speicherkarte mit 2 Terabyte Speicherkapazität freuen.

Und noch ein wichtiges Detail:  Die neue Memory-Stick-Generation ist abwärtskompatibel – sprich, sie kann auch in älteren Geräten mit Memory-Stick-Slot eingesetzt werden.

Schon seit Anfang des Jahres ist bekannt, dass Sony und SanDisk an einem neuen Speicherwunder auf Basis des Memory Stick PRO mit einer Kapazität von bis zu 2TB arbeiten. Dass die Entwicklung jedoch derart schnell geht, war nicht zu erwarten. Die Datenübertragungsraten sollen bei den 2TB-Speicherlingen genau dieselben wie bei einem herkömmlichen Memory Stick PRO sein, ebenso sollen auch die Größe und die Pins der Memory Sticks unverändert bleiben.

Neu ist auch der Einsatz des „exFAT“-File-Systems: Während die Memory-Stick-PRO-Serie auf das FAT12/16/32-Daten-System setzt, speichert die neue XC-Serie Dateien im effizienteren „exFAT“-File-System ab.

Erscheinungsdatum und Preis der neuen 2-Terabyte-Sticks sind leider noch nicht bekannt. Allerdings ist aus einer Sony-Sandisk-Pressemitteilung zu erfahren, dass die „Format-Lizenzierungen“ des “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity” und des “Memory Stick HG Micro” noch in diesem Jahr starten sollen.

Seit der Einführung der „Memory Stick“-Mini-Speicher-Karten Ende 1998 konnten Sony und SanDisk weltweit rund 500 Millionen Einheiten verkaufen.

Noch mehr Info nach dem Seitenwechsel.

*** Press Release: SANDISK AND SONY TO EXPAND “MEMORY STICK PRO” AND “MEMORY STICK MICRO” FORMATS

Achieving 2-Terabyte Maximum Storage Capacity and 60MB/s Interface Speed, Respectively

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come. “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity (Tentative name)” expands the Memory Stick PRO format series to achieve a maximum storage capacity of 2 terabytes (TB)*1, while the “Memory Stick HG Micro” format enables a maximum data-transfer speed of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s)*2, making it one of the fastest smallest memory card formats to date. Format licensing corresponding to the “Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity” and the “Memory Stick HG Micro” is scheduled to start in 2009.

“Memory Stick Format Series for Extended High Capacity”

The demand for high-capacity memory cards capable of storing high-resolution pictures and videos is increasing as the image quality of high-definition digital still cameras, DSLR cameras, and camcorders continues to evolve. The new “Memory Stick Format for Extended High Capacity” format hopes to meet this demand by enabling the recording of up to 2TB of data, which is 60 times more storage capacity than the “Memory Stick PRO” format’s 32 gigabyte (GB)*3 capacity limit.

By this format expansion, “Memory Stick PRO Format for Extended High Capacity” shatters the terabyte mark for data storage, opening the door for wider applications. This new format is scheduled to continue to support the “MagicGate” copyright protection technology as well as the “Access Control Function”*4.

“Memory Stick HG Micro”

In addition, SanDisk and Sony today announced the joint development of “Memory Stick HG Micro”, a format expanded from “Memory Stick Micro” (M2). This new format adopts an enhanced 8-bit parallel interface and features an increased interface clock frequency of 60 megahertz (MHz), enabling 60MB/s (480 Mbps in theoretical value) maximum data transfer speed. This is three times faster than the conventional serial 4-bit parallel interface and 40MHz interface clock frequency adopted in the “Memory Stick Micro”, offering data-transfer speeds of the “Memory Stick PRO-HG” on a micro-size memory card, Since the September 1998 market introduction of the „Memory Stick,“ cumulative shipments of media are estimated to surpass 500 million units*5 in 2009. SanDisk and Sony will continue to work toward enhanced usability of the “Memory Stick” to respond to the market needs for larger and faster memory cards.

“SanDisk and Sony share a long collaborative history of developing products and technologies that enhance user experience and provide direct benefit to consumers,” said Yoram Cedar, executive vice president, OEM and corporate engineering, SanDisk. “Both companies have enjoyed great success with the Memory Stick PRO format in the past, and we are sure that the expansion of these formats to improve capacity and performance will be quite compelling. This technology provides a framework for us to develop products that will significantly impact mobile and consumer electronics markets.”

Hidenosuke Kanai, President of the Electronic Devices Business Group of Sony Corporation, said, “Sony has successfully collaborated with SanDisk Corporation in developing and promoting the “Memory Stick” formats such as the “Memory Stick PRO” format in 2003, the “Memory Stick Micro” format for mobile products in 2005 and “Memory Stick PRO-HG” format in 2006. Today, we are happy to announce the latest result of the joint development on the “Memory Stick” format to offer a memory card with unprecedented high capacity. Through the introduction of these new formats, Sony hopes that the “Memory Stick” will open up new possibilities and greatly expand the applications of flash memory cards.”

About SanDisk:

SanDisk Corporation, the inventor and world’s largest supplier of flash storage cards, is a global leader in flash memory – from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk’s product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $88 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. Sony Global Website: http://www.sony.net/.

*1: 1 terabyte (TB) = 1 trillion bytes

*2: 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes

*3: 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes

*4: In order to use this, host devices also need to implement the Access Control Function.

*5: The cumulative number includes Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO Micro media.

*6: Subject to change.

*7: Speeds are based on internal testing and/or theoretical maximums. Performance may vary based upon host device.

# All trade names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder (s).

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for new product introductions, specifications, applications, markets, pricing, customer acceptance and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or there may be a slower adoption rate for these products in new markets that we are targeting, and the other risks detailed from time-to-time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, Form 6-K, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 20-F. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.

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  1. ICH says:

    Na dann sind wir endlich die Riesigen Festplatten Dinge los !

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