SanDisk and Sony Develop Memory Stick PRO-HG Format

SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation today announced the development of the “Memory Stick PRO-HG” format expanded from the “Memory Stick PRO” format. Memory Stick PRO-HG media offers high performance to meet the stringent demands of end users. This new media format uses an enhanced, 8-bit parallel interface in addition to a conventional serial and 4-bit parallel interface. The minimum write speed at 8-bit parallel transfer is 120 Mbps, or 15MB/s. These enhancements allow large data amounts of up to several gigabytes to be quickly transferred, as well as the real-time recording of high-resolution video and still images. Since Memory Stick PRO-HG is an extended format of the Memory Stick PRO format, Memory Stick PRO-HG compliant host devices support the conventional Memory Stick PRO media as well as Memory Stick PRO-HG media.

In addition, the Memory Stick PRO-HG media can be used conventional Memory Stick PRO compliant host devices as well as Memory Stick PRO-HG compliant host devices. Licensing for the development of Memory Stick PRO-HG compliant host devices is scheduled to commence in January 2007.

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