Sony to develop 4GB memory stick...

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  1. dongmin macrumors 68000

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    Could have implications for a Sony-Ericsson-Apple superphone. I'm not sure if the 1.8" drives (that's in the ipod) can fit into a phone. It'll have to be one of these flash media cards. CompactFlash, Microdrives, and MemorySticks seem to have the biggest growing potential.
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, those little flash cards are small - it would be quite amazing to get that much memmory in a PDA, Phone, Camera - with 4Gig you wouldn't really need to ever worry about downloading the images regularly - but its got other great potential as well. If they're cheap enough that same technology could be brought together to create solidstate drives that have 100 Gig and don't cost $35,000 a piece.

    Is there any mention of the price of these things?

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  3. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    2005 for the 4GB...damn...

    Oh, well...I'll be happy if they release a 256MB or 512MB stick soon. My 5MP camera can fill up my 128 way too fast.
     
  4. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

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    do you think we will see at 256MB chips by november?
     
  5. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816

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    it says about 1gig by the end of the year.

    which will go great in my DSC-F505 camera

    C-
     
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    On the topic of sony ...

    Does anyone have either the DSC-P7 or P9? I'm looking to get one soon, but Apple's iPhoto page doesn't list it as compatible. I read one review that said iPhoto does work, but I'd like to have a 2nd source of comfirmation. Thanks.

    Oh, just to keep on topic. 4GB memory sticks will ROCK!
     
  8. makkystyle macrumors regular

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    512 already...

    I just read an article yesterday that they have released a 512 MB SD chip. The only problem is it costs like 6 or 700 dollars (US).
     
  9. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    Re: 512 already...

    Bah, who cares about SD? The only "advantages" it has over MMC are in so-called 'security' which slows down the access speed and is really only good for any corp. involved in anti-piracy measures. For the consumer it has NO advantage, and costs more than MMC. For example, a 512 MB MMC (identical in every way to the SD except in price, 'security' features, and reader firmware) costs something like $400, nearly half the cost of the SD. [/rant]
     
  10. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

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    Its funny how ya'll go who-hoo! for a 4 GB memory stick, and people balk at a 5 GB digicam. :D

    I personally am content with my two 192 Compact Flask cards (12x speed). Heck, if I needed a gig I'll buy a microdrive.

    But hey, gooo...sony! Get them 4 gigers out in three years!
     
  11. ftaok macrumors 601

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    What's the advantage of a 1GB microdrive over a 1GB CF card? Wouldn't the CF card be more desirable? At least it would consume less power and be more durable. Probably a little more expensive, though.
     
  12. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

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    I don't need that much space, so I really don't know. True CF is more stable (no moving parts), and the lexar 1 GB card is nice! (24x speed)

    I was just stating that for a gig I could buy a microdrive as well as buying a CF card. I like options;)
     
  13. topicolo macrumors 68000

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    Re: Re: 512 already...

    SD does allow for the addition of other peripherals, such as Bluetooth and GPS cards that isn't possible with MMC, which is storage only.
     
  14. dongmin thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Given that phones are getting more sophisticated and media-oriented, I don't think it'd be too hard to fill up the 4 GB: think music, photos, videos, games, etc.
     
  15. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    I think over achiever is referring to me, here!:eek: I did post my opposition to putting 5GB of memory in a digicam, mostly because today's consumer digicams do not output files big enough to warrant that much memory. Keep in mind, however, that the 5GB Memory Stick comes out in 2005, when we may need that much memory in our digital cameras. Until then, I'm fine with 128MB in my Nikon Coolpix.
     
  16. ibjoshua macrumors 6502a

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    imagine a solid state DV camera

    yeah but when it's cheap enough we could easily use that sort of storage for DV. if my memory serves me right 4 gig holds about 1 hour of uncompressed DV - someone correct me if i'm wrong.

    imagine a solid state DV camera.
    :cool:

    josh
     
  17. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

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    Re: imagine a solid state DV camera

    sorry josh but i believe 1GB of DV footage is near the 4 minute and 20 second range. So 4GB mem stick wouldn't even hold 20 mins of Dv footage unless its compressed with maybe FCPs offline RT mode.

    tyler

    where the hell are these new memory sticks. i want a 256MB right now!!!!!!!
     
  18. Mac2006 macrumors newbie

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    Think about it if they could really fit 4gig's on a sony memory card then it would probably be the end of cd's and dvd's.
     
  19. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Not at current prices...;)

    $5 > DVD Media
    $80-90 for 128MB Memory Stick...exptrapolate that to 4GB...ouch!!!
     
  20. Mac2006 macrumors newbie

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    thats true the 4gig memory card will be relativly expensive but im sure they will adapt this technology to music/vedio storage devices [i dont know if theirs a technacal name for it]
     
  21. Mac2006 macrumors newbie

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    my bad posted to quickly
    im sure they will adapt this technolgy in more or less than 10 years
     
  22. ClassicMac macrumors newbie

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    I see this happening much sooner than 2005. I think we will see 4GB by the end of next year.
     
  23. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

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    good point man

    actually I got blank DVD-Rs for $1.50 each. so i imagine by 2005 they will be at blank CD-R prices. haha actually by then B-Ray disks will hold 50GBs so sony's 4GB wont be a threat.

    tyler
     

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