SanDisk the enabler: 100MBps 128GB CompactFlash cards

That’s right. SanDisk has created what they’re calling the “world’s fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card.”

Which means it may not be the fastest or the highest in capacity alone, but it’s the best combination of the two so far. With a 100MB per second writing speed, you won’t have to wait long to fill up the 128GB of storage with full-HD video or burst sequences from your 21MP DSLR.

But it’s not all magic and sunshine. The read speeds are lower, though they won’t say by exactly how much. The “lifetime limited warranty” drops to only 30 years if you live in Germany, and they warn the statistics are based only on their internal testing.

There is one other more very high number that’s worth noting. The price.

Just one of these babies will set you back $1500.

[SanDisk Product Page]


SanDisk Announces World’s Fastest High-Capacity CompactFlash Card

SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ CompactFlash® Card Offers Unprecedented Combination of Speed and Storage—Up to 100MB/sec Write Speed and 128GB Capacity

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced the world’s fastest high-capacity CompactFlash® card. The latest milestone in SanDisk’s long history of industry-leading products, the SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ CompactFlash® card features 128 gigabytes (GB)1 of storage and up to 100 megabyte per second (MB/sec)2 write speeds. With its Power Core® controller and UDMA-7 interface, the card delivers the performance demanded by high-end DSLR cameras.

“By consistently pushing the boundaries of flash innovation, we are able to develop advanced products not found anywhere else.”
“No other product on the market can match our new card’s combination of speed and storage capacity,” said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. “By consistently pushing the boundaries of flash innovation, we are able to develop advanced products not found anywhere else.”

With a set of features optimized for professional photographers and videographers, the 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card is ideally suited for imaging applications requiring Full HD3 1920×1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. The card’s unprecedented combination of speed and storage lets photographers capture more frames when shooting in continuous burst mode, and enables them to record high quality Full HD videos.

Up to 100MB/sec write speed enables shorter wait times and faster continuous burst shooting.
Video Performance Guarantee4 allows for superior Full HD video recording at a sustained 20MB/sec write speed.
128GB capacity offers more room for capturing RAW+JPEG photos, sequential bursts, even Full HD and 3D video content.
SanDisk’s proprietary Power Core™ controller distributes data across the card more rapidly and efficiently, and the UDMA-7 interface allows for maximum data transfer between card and camera.
Best-in-class quality assurance offers photographers peace of mind knowing that the card is backed by rigorous stress, shock, vibration, humidity and moisture testing procedures and a lifetime limited warranty5. The card features RTV silicone coating for added protection.
Availability and Pricing

The 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card is available now for preorder at www.sandisk.com, and will be available at retailers worldwide later in Q1 2011. The card carries a suggested retail price of $1,499.99.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards – 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.

1 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.

2 Up to 100 MB/sec write speed; read speed lower. Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may vary depending upon host device. 1 megabyte = 1 million bytes. X = 150 KB/sec.

3 Full HD (1920X1080X30fps), HD and 3D video support may vary based upon host device, file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content and other factors. See www.sandisk.com/HD.

4 Video Performance Guarantee enabled to ensure Full HD video† recording at 20MB/sec minimum sustained write speed. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.

5 30 year warranty in Germany & regions not recognizing lifetime limited.

SanDisk’s product and executive images can be downloaded from http://www.sandisk.com/corporate/media.asp

SanDisk’s web site/home page address: http://www.sandisk.com

© 2011 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk, the SanDisk logo, CompactFlash and SanDisk Extreme are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. SanDisk Extreme Pro and Power Core are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation. 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, technology measurement standards, applications, features, markets, 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: the market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products may not be available at the prices, or in the geographies or capacities that we anticipate, our products may not perform as expected and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.


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