Sandisk rolls out 8 GB Memory Stick Micro

Posted by Mark Raby

Berlin (Germany) - Sandisk announced today that it has developed the industry's first 8 GB Memory Stick Micro, a fingertip-sized memory card used primarily in cell phones.

The 8 GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card pushes the capacity of the format to the same level as the highest standard among other similar formats.  Most flash media cards currently offer 8 GB as the largest size available, although a 16 GB SDHC card was recently announced.

The M2 format is used mostly for cell phone storage but has not gained nearly as much attention as the competing microSD format.  M2 cards are used almost exclusively in Sony Ericsson phones.  The Memory Stick format was created by Sony and is used proprietorially in other Sony Electronics divisions.

Sandisk, the largest supplier of flash memory cards, was also the first company to produce 8 GB microSDHC cards, which became available earlier this year.

Sandisk says the new Memory Stick Micros have been shipped to phone manufacturers and mobile service operators for evaluation.