|Sony Memory Stick - First Looks!
By Chua Aik Phiang
for Hardware One
Sony Corporation has announced the launch of its first 'Memory
Stick' recordable memory and its line of compatible products.
Designed for use with both PC and a wide variety of
digital AV (audio / video) products, the Memory Stick can be used to store,
transfer and play back AV contents such as images, sounds and music as well as information
including data, text and graphics.
Memory Stick IC media is extremely compact,
about the size and shape of gum. It is also very lightweight, weighing only 4 grams. Its
diminutive size and ergonomic design make Memory Stick easier to insert,
remove and carry than any other IC memory card.
Each Memory Stick is 2 inches long,
0.85 inches wide, and 0.11 inches thick. Early version will feature 4 and 8 megabytes of
storage, but higher-capacity 32 MB versions for audio and video users should be quickly
available. Indications are that one of the first applications of Memory Stick will
be in digital camcorder. PC Card adaptor that could house a Memory Stick should
ultimately be available for computer.
These sticks will employ an authentication technology. This is to
ensure that protected content is only transferred between compliant devices and media.
Protected content is recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent
unauthorised copying of playback.
Like other flash memory card, 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 an ideal item for use in miniature
Flipping a switch on the back of the card prevents accidental
erasure of data. The sticks are designed in a way as to prevent dirt and other
contaminants from coming into contact with the 10-pin connector.
more than a new way of recording, the Memory Stick is a new way of thinking, a new
way of sharing and connecting the digital content of one's life, without barrier, whether
at work or at play.
|IC Memory Type
||4 MB [MSA-4A] and 8 MB [MSA-8A]
||10 Pin Connector
||Maximum 20 MHz
||Maximum 1.50 MB / second
|Read Out Speed
||Maximum 2.45 MB / second
|Power Source (Voltage)
||2.7 V to 3.6 V
|Power Consumption (Average)
||Approximately 45 mA
|Power Consumption (Standby)
||Maximum 130 m A
||Approximately 21.5 x 50 x 20.8
||Approximately 4 grams
As mentioned earlier, Sony has designed the Memory
Stick format for total compatibility. This means that every type of digital AV and IT
product, whether professional, industrial, business or consumer, will support (or to be
supported by) the Memory Stick. From digital cameras and video camcorders, digital
telephones and TV, all the way up to the remarkable world of VAIO PCs, digital photo
printers and digital photo frame and even car navigator systems, all compatible with this
new universal media!