SanDisk Corp. announced SanDisk Extreme, a line of high-performance CompactFlash and SD cards targeted to professional and “prosumer” digital photographers at this week’s PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Show in Las Vegas.
The new SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash cards deliver a sustained write speed of up to 6MB per second and sustained read speed of 9MB per second. SanDisk Extreme SD cards provide sustained write speeds of up to 2.5MB per second. Extreme cards are designed to operate in a wide temperature range from -25 to 85 degrees Celsius, making them ideal for harsh shooting environments and punishing conditions such as hot camera lights, according to Nelson Chan, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk’s retail business unit.
Each SanDisk Extreme card is bundled with a data recovery software application designed to recover hidden, deleted and lost digital images. SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash will initially ship in capacities of 256MB, 512MB and 1GB, with street prices of US$99, $189 and $379 respectively. SanDisk Extreme SD cards will be available in 256MB and 512MB capacities with a street price $109 and $219 respectively. Both card formats are expected to start shipping in the second quarter of the year.