SanDisk Corporation introduced the V-Mate(TM) Video Memory Card Recorder at the IFA Show in Berlin.
The ground-breaking V-Mate is a video memory card recorder, allowing users to record video from video inputs such as over-the-air television as well as cable, satellite, DVD players, personal video recorders (PVRs) like TiVo and video cassette recorders (VCRs) onto their flash memory cards.(1) Consumers can then take their memory card from the V-Mate and insert it into their mobile phone, PDA, handheld game console like the Sony PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable), video music player or notebook computer to play back their videos on the go.
The SanDisk V-Mate lets users record up to 3.5 hours(2) of high quality video per gigabyte(3), using industry-standard video formats. Memory cards supported include SD(TM), MMC(TM), MMCplus(TM) MMCmobile(TM), SDHC(TM), MiniSDHC(TM), MicroSDHC(TM), Memory Stick PRO(TM), Memory Stick Duo(TM) and Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM).
Matthijs Hutten, SanDisk product marketing manager, said, "The number of mobile devices with a card slot and video playback capability is huge and growing rapidly. The V-Mate will make it easy for consumers to watch video on their devices by doing the analog to digital conversion for them, compressing the video into MPEG-4 in multiple formats and then creating the correct file format for the target mobile device -- all features unmatched by any product today in this price range."
With a maximum recording resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, the V-Mate can also generate recording files for playback on larger screen devices such as the TV it is connected to or a notebook PC. Solid state memory (flash cards) consume less power than the hard drives or CD/DVD drives in mobile entertainment devices and therefore offer longer video playback time on a battery charge.
The V-Mate, which connects to the analog audio/video output of a set-top box, DVD player, PVR or VCR and the analog audio/video input of a TV, is easy to use. A remote control and TV-based graphical user interface let users control settings, record and access content. It has multiple programming slots for entering channel, date and start/stop times to schedule recordings. At initial set-up users select their playback device (such as a mobile phone or handheld game) to ensure the recordings are playback compatible.
The unit includes an infrared emitter. This will automatically turn on the TV tuner box (cable/satellite/terrestrial receiver or VCR) and select the right channel when programmed to record. The V-Mate also includes a mini-USB connection and cable to connect to a personal computer.
The V-Mate measures just 5.1" x 2.6" x 0.8," so it will fit snugly next to almost any-sized television. The V-Mate, expected to be available in October 2006, will sell for $129.99 MSRP.
(1) For home and personal use: This product is intended to be used for recording and playback for your home and personal enjoyment. Copying and commercial use of copyrighted material without permission of the copyright owner may be prohibited by law. Use of your V-Mate in compliance with all copyright and applicable intellectual property laws remains the responsibility of the user of the product.
(2) Recording times will vary by target device and video quality level. Recording time is approximately 3.6 hours in a mobile phone (@ bit rate of 544kbps) and 1.8 hours on a notebook computer (@bit rate of 1.056kbps).
(3) 1 megabyte (MB) equals 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) equals 1 billion bytes.