SanDisk is unveiling a microSDTM card -- the world's smallest flash memory card -- with a 1 gigabyte (GB)(1) capacity. Originally developed by SanDisk and formerly known as TransFlashTM, the fingernail-sized card will be able to store up to 32 hours of WMA-compressed music -- or approximately 480 songs(2) -- downloaded from Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service to compatible phones. The 1GB microSD card, which SanDisk introduced today, will be available in the United States initially through Verizon Wireless. The card comes with an adapter allowing it to be used in a standard SDTM slot. The previous highest capacity for the SanDisk microSD was 512 megabytes (MB)(1).
SanDisk also expanded its mobile line today by introducing a SanDisk 2GB miniSD card (up from 1GB) with the aim of accommodating consumers' increasing demand for accessing photos, music and video on their phone. SanDisk's suggested retail prices for the newest cards are $119.99 for the 1GB microSD and $199.99 for the 2GB miniSD.
"We believe that 2006 will be a milestone year for network operators and handset manufacturers to provide consumers with an array of content that can be downloaded virtually anywhere, anytime on their mobile phones," said Jeff Kost, SanDisk's vice-president of handset business. "Flash card slots in mobile phones are proliferating in response to new usages and services, which are driving the demand for higher capacity memory. We are delighted to supply Verizon Wireless Communications with our highest capacity cards to give their customers the storage they will need when acquiring tracks from the V CAST Music service."
SanDisk introduced its line of mobile cards and MobileMateTM portable flash card readers in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the last quarter of 2005. They are sold in co-branded Verizon Wireless/SanDisk packaging. The new SanDisk 1GB microSD and 2GB miniSD mobile line flash memory cards are expected to be available through those stores in February.
(1) 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
(2) Approximate playback at 64kbps for WMA, with figures based on four minutes per song.