At Photokina in the fall of last year, SanDisk announced a whack of new CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SD) cards, many of which were aimed at the digital SLR photographer, as well as quicker card readers meant to show off the speediness of Extreme III cards in particular.
While most of the revamped Ultra II and new Extreme III cards they announced back in late September 2004 have been shipping for some time, a few stragglers have yet to emerge on store shelves, including the Ultra II 2GB SD card and faster USB 2.0 CompactFlash and 5-in-1 card readers.
SanDisk's Mike Wong indicates that the wait is just about over.
The Ultra II 2GB SD, Extreme III 4GB CompactFlash and Ultra II 8GB CompactFlash cards are expected to emerge on store shelves towards the end of March 2005.
The version of the USB 2.0 ImageMate CompactFlash Reader with retooled circuitry to take advantage of the faster data transfer capabilities of Extreme III CompactFlash cards is expected to enter production later this month, with shipping to follow sometime after that.
We're not sure how a prospective purchaser will be able to identify this version of the reader, since its product name and outward appearance is the same as an existing, slower model. We have been told the new version won't be able to take full advantage of the speed potential of Extreme III CompactFlash cards, though it's still likely to be among the fastest USB 2.0 card readers available for use with SanDisk's Extreme III-series CompactFlash.
We're awaiting word on the status of the USB 2.0 ImageMate 5-in-1 Reader that supports faster data transfer with Extreme III SD cards, and therefore can't say if it will ship about the same time as its revamped CF reader counterpart.