Clearly a case of the early bird catching the worm (sorry, couldn't resist)...
'Write Once Read Many' (WORM) is a new digital memory card format announced by flash maestros SanDisk this week and it targets professional users determined not to have their data deleted or altered in anyway.
The concept is simple: data written to SanDisk SD WORM cards is locked the moment it is recorded. There is no electronic or physical way to interfere with what is on there yet it remains as readable as any information stored on a standard SD card. Longevity? SanDisk claims a 100 year archive life - though when kept "under the appropriate storage conditions" (Fridge freezer? Microwave?).
"As digital media volume has grown and surpassed traditional analog (sic) media such as film and audio cassettes in the consumer market, law enforcement agencies and other professionals are facing rising costs and lack of supply," said Christopher Moore, SanDisk Director of Product Marketing for OEM memory cards. "SanDisk's new SD WORM cards offer professionals a one-stop solution for capturing and archiving critical data, along with many other benefits of moving from analog to digital."
Likely to be a hit with data sensitive organisations like the police (Roxaaaannnnne), legal firms, government bodies, medical services and good old fashioned stop-messing-with-our-data businesses, the WORM cards go on sale globally right now in 128MB capacities. Price is dependent on bulk order.
Note: Manufacturers, don't you dare pass your press releases off to us on these. We're still loving the free memory keys ;)