SanDisk have announced their latest high-speed SDHC memory cards, the Extreme III 30MB/s edition. As the name suggests, the cards are now capable of 30MB/s data transfer rates, up 50-percent on the previous generation. Sizes will include 4GB, 8GB and 16GB.
SanDisk has criticised Microsoft's Windows Vista OS as not being "optimized" to take advantage of the speed benefits of solid-state drives. Speaking during the company's Q2 financial results conference call, SanDisk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eli Harari described what he called the "Vista shortfalls" and how developing their SSD drives had been a special challenge. In fact, Harari blamed Vista for putting SanDisk behind its competitors in the sector.
SanDisk are looking to take on Microsoft's WiFi enabled Zune and Apple's mobile iTunes store, with the company today revealing that they have bought out MusicGremlin. Described as a "digital content distribution" specialist, MusicGremlin were responsible for the short-lived MG-1000 PMP, the claim to fame of which was its ability to download tracks on a subscription basis while mobile, together with wirelessly sharing those with other subscribers of the company's "MusicGremlin Direct" store. Initial reviews were positive, but the PMP's lack of brand cachet and small user group (which meant building momentum for track swapping was difficult), together with the increasing dominance of iTunes on the digital music market, saw it disappear.
If SanDisk continues their current naming pattern, they might soon run out of space to print on their memory cards; the company has just announced its fastest ever Memory Stick, the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the card's claim to fame are its 30MB/s read & write speeds. That makes the Extreme III particularly suited to high-resolution DSLR cameras and HD camcorders.
It seems that every time a major lawsuit is launched against a plethora of companies, Buffalo is the first to get hit. Like the one about the WiFi patents from Australia like a year or two ago, Buffalo got hit first and hardest, now SanDisk is suing everyone and their brother in a new flash drive lawsuit and Buffalo gets hit first.
In case you didn’t know, there are several other countries where you are able to wirelessly stream the full channel lineup from whatever provider you subscribe to. Up until now recording of that content wasn’t much of a reality due to the fact there wasn’t any way for the networks to secure the content, but now, there is.
SanDisk and Toshiba made two announcements yesterday that promised to deliver cheaper and bigger MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash media. First is their x3, aka three-bit-per cell technology, would allow the company to cram 20 percents more die per wafer than traditional 56nm MLC flash which uses two-bits-per-cell technology. Second is the use of 43 nanometer process technology that doubles the density per chip compared to the previous 56nm process.