Five years ago, when SanDisk and Sony announced the development of the “Memory Stick Micro” or “M2” format many users wondered why? Was this just another way for Sony to squeeze out more money from a user-base that already invested a millions of dollars in their proprietary Memory Stick Duo format? What would the Micro M2 be used for anyway? At the time, cameras, mobile phones, and video games weren’t as compact as they are today, but SanDisk and Sony had a vision.
If you build it, they will come.
It took a few years, but electronic devices are as small as anyone really wants them, and memory prices are very affordable. With the holiday shopping season coming to a close, many users who received a great gift from Santa are looking around to expanding the memory of their new devices.
Today, we look at the 8GB version of the SanDisk Memory Stick Micro (M2) designed specifically for Sony’s PlayStation Portable Go or PSPGo handheld electronic gaming system. The SanDisk M2 is not only an ultra-small IC recording media designed for the PSPGo, but it is also designed to work for the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones and cameras.
The “Memory Stick Micro (M2)” media is approximately one-quarter the size of “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, and only about 1.2 mm thick. The media’s edges are slotted lengthwise to allow for more slim-line designed connectors to reduce space in host devices. As dual-voltage media, the Memory Stick Micro supports fairly low-power devices operating at 1.8 volts and 3.3 volts.
The M2 card that we have today is designed to offer an easy way of storing downloadable games, movies, TV shows, pictures, comics, and music. Our package included a Memory Stick Micro M2 to Memory Stick PRO Duo adapter which allows gamers to go back and forth between Memory Stick M2 and Memory Stick Duo compatible slots.
Taking a look at the specifications of the Sandisk M2, the thing that stands out is the seemingly slow write speed of 10 MB/sec. Let’s take a closer look to see if this really will be problem when used with our latest Christmas gift – the Sony PSP Go.
|Dimensions||15 × 12.5 × 1.2 mm (0.59” x 0.49” x 0.05”)|
|Max. Data Transfer Rate||160 Mbps (Theoretical)|
|Operating Voltage||1.7 – 1.95 V and 2.7 – 3.6 V|
|Interface||Serial I/F and 4-bit parallel I/F|
|Copyright Protection Technology||MagicGate encryption technology|
|Adapter||Includes Memory Stick PRO Duo adapter for universal compatibility with M2 slots and Memory Stick PRO Duo slots.|
The MS-M2-8GB-SD carries a MemoryTen Lifetime exchange or repair warranty against manufacturing defects. It may also be returned in original condition within 14 days of delivery for full credit minus shipping. We also supply unlimited lifetime tech support for this item.