SanDisk Corp. has launched the SanDisk SxS ExpressCard, a flash memory card for use in new camcorders that record to ExpressCards rather than magnetic tape, hard discs or optical discs.
The SanDisk ExpressCard will be available in November in 8GB and 16GB capacities. Recording time for high-definition video capture, at 35 megabits per second, will be approximately 30 minutes on the 8GB card and 60 minutes on the 16GB card.
Sony is the first major video equipment manufacturer to adopt ExpressCards as video recording media, with its new XDCAM EX camcorder. SanDisk and Sony have jointly developed SxS, a specification to verify that ExpressCard memory cards will support the high-speed performance required for professional video.
The SanDisk ExpressCard carries the SxS logo, and is expected to be fully compatible with the XDCAM EX, which has two ExpressCard slots.