SanDisk Corp. today announced it shipped more than three million CompactFlash memory cards in 1999, an increase of more than 140 percent over the 1.3 million CF cards the company shipped in 1998. The announcement was made at the annual Photo Marketing Association trade show. (SanDisk booth: F-40)
Nelson Chan, SanDisk's senior vice president of marketing, said, "CompactFlash continues to be one of the most popular storage cards for digital cameras and handheld computers. We expect that when market research firms start releasing their annual flash card reports soon they will again conclude that SanDisk is the market-share leader in overall flash card revenue."
Sales of CompactFlash, SanDisk's flagship product, were driven in part by the growing popularity of digital cameras, many of which use the small, removable, matchbook-sized cards as reusable digital film. More than 110 digital cameras have been introduced with slots for CF cards. More than 220 total products have been introduced that use CF cards including numerous handheld computers, photo printers, Internet music players, set-top boxes, audio recorders and auto PCs.
For previous TWICE Online coverage of this topic see.
Sony Licenses Memory Stick As Category Grows, 11-Oct-1999
Imaging Glossary, 12-Jul-1999
Flash Memory Goes Portable, 12-Jul-1999
CompactFlash System Set As Standard For Memory, 05-Apr-1999