SanDisk device turns USB drives into VCRs

SanDisk has announced V-Mate, which turns a flash memory device into a portable video recorder.

It can record video from a TV, cable, satellite or over-the-air, set-top-box, DVD player, personal video recorder, like TiVo, or a VCR. The V-Mate memory card can then be inserted into a mobile phone, video music player, hand-held game console, or notebook computer and the video replayed.

Memory cards supported include SD, MMC, MMCplus MMCmobile, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.

Matthijs Hutten, a SanDisk product marketing manager, said: "The number of mobile devices with a card slot and video playback capability is huge and growing rapidly. The V-Mate will make it easy for consumers to watch video on their devices by doing the analogue to digital conversion for them, compressing the video into MPEG-4 in multiple formats, and then creating the correct file format for the target mobile device -- all features unmatched by any product today in this price range."

A remote control and TV-based graphical user interface let users control settings, record and access content. At initial set-up users select their playback device (such as a mobile phone or handheld game) to ensure the recordings are playback compatible.

The video storage capacity depends upon the gigabyte capacity of the memory card and the video recording quality. It has a maximum recording resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Recording time is approximately 3.6 hours in a mobile phone (at bit rate of 544kbps) and 1.8 hours on a notebook computer (at bit rate of 1.056kbps).

Wes Brewer, SanDisk's consumer product marketing VP, said: "The V-Mate is an easy-to-use, affordable way for millions of people to use their mobile phones or other mobile devices to watch video content that resides primarily in the living room when they are away from home."

The V-Mate, being shown at the Berlin IFA Show, measures 5.1" x 2.6" x 0.8." There is a mini-USB connection and cable to connect to a personal computer. It is expected to be available in October 2006 and will sell for US$129.99 MSRP.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Mellor
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?