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Sandisk & Sony Announce New Formats - 2TB on a Memory Card!

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302w ago - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come.

Press Release: SanDisk and Sony to Expand "Memory Stick PRO" and "Memory Stick Micro" Formats

Achieving 2-Terabyte Maximum Storage Capacity and 60MB/s Interface Speed, Respectively

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of two expanded formats that will shape the flash memory landscape for years to come.

"Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity (Tentative name)" expands the "Memory Stick PRO" format series to achieve a maximum storage capacity of 2-terabytes (TB)1, while the "Memory Stick HG Micro" format enables a maximum data-transfer speed of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s)2, making it one of the fastest-smallest Memory Card formats to date.

Format licensing corresponding to the "Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity" and the "Memory Stick HG Micro" is scheduled to start in 2009.

• Memory Stick PRO format series - Memory Stick format series for extended high capacity

• Memory Stick PRO - Expanded format for Memory Stick PRO
 

PSP Owners: SanDisk 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo for $30

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328w ago - This is probably one of the best deals we've seen on a SanDisk-branded 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo in a long time, if not ever.

Complete with free shipping, online retailer Buy.com (linked above) is currently offering the stick at a very attractive price of $30 dollars, $50 off the standard list price.

There are no strings attached, aside from the fact that this offer is not an International one, as Buy.com only ships to addresses located within the continental United States.

We have seen Lexar branded cards for cheaper, but those often have issues with loading plug-ins with PSP Custom Firmware. That being said, those interested may want to grab one while they're still available!
 

Chip maker AMD still in the red

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340w ago - Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices has reported its sixth quarterly loss in a row as it continues to lose market share to its rival Intel.

AMD lost $358m (£180m) between January and March, even though sales were up 22% on the same period a year ago. The firm had warned recently that sales were weak across all product lines.

AMD's fortunes are in stark contrast with that of Intel and other tech companies, which have reported robust earnings in recent weeks. The company recently announced that it would cut 10% of its global work force, with a loss of about 1,600 jobs.

Chief executive Hector Ruiz said AMD would be revealing plans on how to restructure the company further "in the near future".

AMD is still trying to catch up with Intel's latest technical advances, shrinking micro chips to 45 nanometre manufacturing.

On Tuesday, Intel had reported a 12% drop in profits to $1.44bn, but predicted "healthy demand" for its processors.

Strong forecast at Sandisk

AMD's poor results were also in stark contrast with profits announced by Sandisk, the world's largest maker of memory chips.

While the prices of memory chips continued to fall, the company announced profits of $17.9m during the first three months of 2008, a recovery...
 
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