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SanDisk to announce new Extreme III, Ultra II SD Plus cards tomorrow  
Saturday, February 25, 2006 | by Rob Galbraith

SanDisk is gearing up to unveil higher capacities in its Extreme III and Ultra II SD Plus card lines. On February 26, the company will announce an Extreme III 8GB CompactFlash, Extreme III 2GB SD and an Ultra II SD Plus 2GB.

The Extreme III 8GB CompactFlash will likely be the fastest-performing card of this size and type, and will almost certainly be quicker than the similarly-roomy but slower Ultra II 8GB CompactFlash the company has been selling for some time. Like lower capacities in the Extreme III line, the 8GB model supports the quickest data timing modes of the CF v3.0 specification and utilizes fast binary-type NAND flash memory. The card is slated to ship in March 2006 at a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$559.99 in the U.S.

The Extreme III 2GB SD is designed to take advantage of the newest data timing modes of the SD 1.1 specification and, like its CompactFlash counterpart, utilizes fast binary-type NAND. The card is to emerge on store shelves in March 2006 at a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$199.99 in the U.S.

The Ultra II SD Plus line features a USB 2.0 connector built into the card itself; folding the card along its hinged midsection reveals the connector, which can be plugged directly into a computer's USB port. The new 2GB model, like the 1GB and 512MB capacities that have been shipping in volume since January 2006, utilizes multi-level cell flash memory. The card is slated to ship in June 2006 at a manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) of US$134.99 in the U.S.

Expect that street prices in the U.S. at reputable retailers will be somewhat lower than MSRP on all three new SanDisk memory cards.

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SanDisk Extreme III 8GB

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SanDisk Ultra II SD Plus 2GB

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