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July 30, 1998
New Format Supports Recording and Playback of Audio/Video Content
Tokyo, Japan- Sony Corporation today announced plans to launch the first Memory Stick™ recordable IC memory card products on the Japanese market this September. Designed for use with both personal computers and a wide variety of digital AV products, the Memory Stick™ can be used to store, transfer, and play back AV content such as images, sounds, and music as well as computer information including data, text, and graphics.
Sony's Memory Stick™ promises to establish IC memory cards as a new standard for data exchange. A single 8MB Memory Stick™ offers storage capacity greater than that of five 3.5-inch floppy disks. Like other flash memory cards, the Memory Stick™ also offers high-speed data access. Unlike a floppy disk or tape cassette, it contains no moving parts and requires no separate playback device. This makes it ideal for use in miniature electronics products.
Products scheduled to hit the Japanese market in September 1998 include the [MSA-4A] and [MSA-8A] Memory Stick™ IC memory cards with storage capacities of 4MB and 8MB, respectively, and the [MSAKIT-PC4A] PC Card kit (includes one [MSA-4A]) for using the Memory Stick™ with electronics products, such as the new DCR-TRV900, as well as notebook computers and other PCs.
Sony plans to build on the Memory Stick™ format by producing new consumer electronics products that use it as a means of sharing and exchanging AV content, such as video and music, as well as IT content, such as data, text, and graphics. The Memory Stick™ is expected to play a key role in further expanding Sony's burgeoning AV/IT business.
Moreover, a number of companies- including AIWA CO., LTD., Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd., Olympus Optical Co.,Ltd., SANYO Electric Co.,Ltd., and Sharp Corporation- have expressed support for the Memory Stick™ format. Sony plans to call for the broad adoption of the new format by the consumer electronics and information technology industries.
|Memory Stick [MSA-4A] 4MB
|20,000 units (Combined)
|Memory Stick [MSA-8A] 8MB
|Memory Stick/ PC Card Kit
The [MSA-4A] and [MSA-8A] Memory Stick™ IC memory cards conform with the Memory Stick™ specification announced in July 1997. This format increases the PC friendliness of IC memory cards and enables the creation of a wide variety of compatible AV electronics appliances in the near future. Such products will be able to freely share data such as images, sounds, and music both with PCs and with one another. Furthermore, Memory Stick™ products can be used in conjunction with electronics products that send and receive content across digital networks such as the Internet in order to provide users with even wider enjoyment of their AV content.
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, pictures and computer entertainment operations make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $51 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and it employs 173,000 people worldwide.
|IC Memory Type
|[MSA-4A] 4MB, [MSA-8A] 8MB
|10 Pin Connector
|Max. 1.50 MB/s
|Read Out Speed
|Max. 2.45 MB/s
|Power Source (Voltage)
|2.7V to 3.6V
|Power Consumption (Average)
|Power Consumption (Standby)
|Approx. 21.5 X 50 X 2.8mm (W/L/T)
|PC Card ATA/ True IDE
|PC Card Type
|PC Type II Compatible
|Power Source (Voltage)
|3.3V / 5V
|Maximum Operating Current
|Approx. 85.6X 54 X 5mm (W/L/T)
Memory Stick™ is a trademark of Sony Corporation