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SanDisk unveils quartet of new flash devices

updated 01:00 am EDT, Wed June 20, 2012

Backed by AES encryption, cloud storage software

On Thursday, SanDisk announced four new products enhancing existing product lines. Newly unveiled are the Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card, the Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive, the thin Cruzer Pop USB Drive, and a new high-capacity Cruzer Glide. Each product emphasizes something different -- the SDHC card boasts fast read/write speed for a card, the Extreme USB 3.0 sports the new faster USB interface, the Cruzer Pop is extremely thin, and the extension of the Cruzer Glide line provides mass USB flash storage.

The Extreme Pro microSDHC USH-I card is tailored towards the smartphone and tablet market. Two capacities are available -- 8GB and 16GB. Both cards write at up to 90MB per second and read at 95MB per second, depending on device and application. The 8GB card retails for $60, and the 16GB for $100.

With a new USB 3.0 interface, the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive reads and writes up to 160MB per second. The drive is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, and available in 16GB to 64GB capacities with an MSRP between $65 and $160.

The established Cruzer Glide line is boosted by a higher capacity model -- 128GB. Intended for ultra-thin laptops where storage may be at a premium, the new capacity will be available in the fall for an MSRP of $250.

Cruzer Pop drives are SanDisk's new line of stylish USB flash-based storage. The colorful drives snap open with an eponymous pop, and are available now in 8GB to 32GB capacities. Retail prices vary between $33 and $85.

All of the new products include the SanDisk SecureAccess file encryption software suite, providing 128-bit AES encryption for private files. Online storage is provided to SanDisk customers for backing up a maximum of 2GB of files as well, through the Yuuwaa service.

by MacNN Staff



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