Sandisk and Sony make yet another flash memory spec

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Las Vegas (CA) - Just when you thought there aren't enough flash memory specifications, Sandisk and Sony are now partnering up to push their SxS standard.  The new flash cards will be made for Sony’s upcoming XDCAM EX high-def camcorders. Both companies claim the cards will have a normal transfer rate of 800 megabits per second and will be able to burst to a maximum speed of 2.5 Gb/sec.

 

Camcorder companies have been trying other recording mediums to keep up with the times.  Everything from miniature hard-drives to recordable DVDs have been used and with high-definition there is a trend towards flash media.  The Sony XDCAM EX is a prosumer-level tapeless 3-chip camcorder that records in a variety of resolutions including 1080i and 720p.  Sony believes that 16 GB SxS cards hold up to 120 minutes of HD video.

Sandisk and Sony say the SxS cards will be available later this year.  No pricing has been announced.