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Sandisk bumps the capacity of its Extreme III CF cards

Professional photographers will be able to enjoy fast read/write speeds and increased capacity with Sandisk's latest additions to its Extreme III CompactFlash family. The company today announced new 12GB and 16GB models which it says are the highest capacity cards in the world.

The cards will have minimum read/write speeds of 20MB/sec thanks to the in-house developed Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing (ESP) technology. The cards are also guaranteed to function in temperatures ranging from minus 13F to 185F and include RescuePro software for image recovery in case of accidental deletion.

The Sandisk Extreme III 12GB and 16GB CompactFlash will be available in December with price tags of $779.99 and $1,049.99 respectively. Both cards will come backed with a lifetime limited warranty in the United States.

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RE: Impressive, but doesnt make much sense.
By miahallen on 9/26/2006 10:58:58 AM , Rating: 3
Hey, it's a start. Flash memory is alway more expensive if you want the cutting edge...if you want this technology at a better price. You'll have to wait for the 32GB versions to be released, of course by then you'll be to busy complaining about how expensive they are...

RE: Impressive, but doesnt make much sense.
By Assimilator87 on 9/26/2006 12:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Flash is great and all for compact devices, but I don't like the idea of them replacing HDDs. The transfer rates are way too slow.

By piranhaa on 9/26/2006 1:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
At this point in time harddrives are faster, yes... 20MB/sec for flash is a huge improvement than what they were originally. With harddrives, the transfer rate increases as the rpm increases (as does power consumption), and as data density rises (though that reduces random access). With flash, you don't necessarily buy it for the throughput (yet ...), but rather the fact that the card has access to every portion of the card - making access time next to nothing!

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