On the software front, SanDisk used CES to announce it's now offering encryption and online backup features across its entire retail USB portfolio. This includes the company's SecureAccess software, which creates a password-protected folder or "vault" on the USB drive, and up to 2GB of storage in the cloud offered by Dmailer.
"Business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops each week in U.S. airports, and more than half of those laptops contain confidential or sensitive information," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Data security has become an absolute necessity, and SanDisk USB drives with SecureAccess software offer an easy to use vault protected by AES encryption."
SanDisk is also expanding its USB flash drive offerings with the introduction of the Ultra and Cruzer Edge. The Ultra serves up transfer speeds up to 15MB/s and comes in 8GB ($45) and 32GB ($110) capacities, while the Cruzer Edge sports a compact slider design and is available in 2GB ($13), 4GB ($32), 8GB ($45), and 16GB ($80 capacities).
SanDisk also announced what it claims is the world's fastest high-capacity CompactFlash card, the Extreme Pro 128GB. This card features up to 100MB/s write speeds courtesy of its Power Core controller and UDMA-7 interface, and is ideal for both burst photography and Full HD video recording at a sustained 20MB/s rate.
"No other product on the market can match our new card's combination of speed and storage capacity," said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "By consistently pushing the boundaries of flash innovation, we are able to develop advanced products not found anywhere else."
Starving photographers need not apply unless they've saved up a fair amount of scratch. The new card, available worldwide later in Q1 2011, carries an MSRP of $1,500.