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IFA 2006: SanDisk V-Mate Gets Video To Your Flash

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As I mentioned in my article about SanDisk getting busted, the company was always likely to spring back very quickly. Well, on the same day it had something rather funky to show me.

The ‘V-Mate’ is a brand new product area for the company and couldn’t be more straightforward. It connects to any composite video source – be it a PC TV tuner, set top box, video recorder, DVD player, etc and records directly to a flash memory card which can then be inserted directly into your mobile phone, PDA, handheld gaming console or video music player. SD, MMC, MMCplus, MMCmobile, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo are all supported.

Video is recorded using Mpeg4 compression and SanDisk claims up to 3.5 hours can be crammed onto just 1GB of flash. The V-Mate comes with its own TV remote and graphical interface which lets you schedule recordings and setup the recording format you require: VGA, iPod, PSP, e200 series and more.

At just 12.9 x 6.6 x 2cm the V-Mate is extremely compact and with an anticipated RRP of just £65 it represents a real bargain for what could easily become an essential piece of kit. October is the V-Mate's month of arrival and it seems the company is already back on the horse...!

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