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March 16, 2001
Cumulative Shipments of the Memory StickTM
Media Reach 10 million Units
-Compliant Devices Also to Exceed10 million units by the end of May 2001-
(Tokyo, Japan, March 16, 2001) Sony Corporation today announced that the
cumulative shipments of the Memory StickTM
media will reach 10 million units by the end of March, 2001. Cumulative
shipments of Memory Stick compliant devices are also expected to reach
10 million units by the end of May 2001.
Memory Stick was introduced in the fall of 1998 as a recording medium
based on flash memory technology. While the initial application focused
mainly on digital imaging solutions such as digital video and still cameras,
it quickly spread to cover a wide range of products and services such
as personal computers, audio equipment, televisions, cellular phones,
handheld devices, car navigation systems, kiosk terminals, etc. Memory
Stick is now advancing to become a network platform that allows the sharing
of digital contents over a wide range of products and platforms.
As a result, shipments of the Memory Stick media in fiscal year 2000 will
reach 7 million units, expanding cumulative shipments to a total of 10
million units. Memory Stick now has 23% of the 30 million unit global
market (FY2000, Sony Estimate) for flash memory storage media. In the
Japanese domestic market, Memory Stick has captured a market share of
25% (GFK Japan).
Memory Stick compliant products from Sony and supporting companies are
also expanding rapidly, with 7 million units shipped in the fiscal year
2000, leading to cumulative shipments of 9 million units by the end of
March 2001. It is forecasted that the 10 million-unit mark will be reached
by the end of May 2001. In addition to digital imaging products, the Memory
Stick is now being used in personal computers, handheld devices, cellular
phones, etc., which total about 45% of the compliant products.
A mere two and a half years after its market introduction, Memory Stick
has evolved from a simple recording medium to a network medium that allows
the sharing of digital contents between various products. In the coming
broadband era, Memory Stick will serve as a platform that connects the
user to network services available over the Internet, telecommunications,
multimedia kiosks and data broadcasts. Sony will work to attain the above
goal along with the 136 supporting companies* of the Memory Stick format.
* As of March 5, 2001
Shipments of MemoryStick media and Compliant Products
(Sony Est, FY99: actual)
Categorical/Regional Breakdown of Memory Stick Compliant Products
(Sony Est., end of FY00)
Unit market Share of Memory Stick in the Japanese Market
(Source :GFK Japan)
MEMORY STICK SUPPORTING COMPANIES
(March 5, 2001 / 136 Companies)
Acer Laboratories Inc.
Adobe Systems Inc.
AISIN AW CO., LTD.
AIWA Co., Ltd
Alpine Electronics, Inc.
ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
Apacer Technology Inc.
BEHAVIOR TECH COMPUTER CORP.
Brother Industries, Ltd.
CARRY COMPUTER ENG. CO., LTD.
Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
Chant Sincere Co., Ltd.
China Great Wall Computer Group
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
CIS TECHNOLOGY INC.
Clarion Co., Ltd.
Compaq Computer Corporation
Cyber Solutions Corp.
DataFab Systems Inc.
DATASTOR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
DataTec Co., Ltd.
DDI CORPORATION (KDDI)
Delphi Automotive Systems
Dura Micro Inc.
ELITEGROUP COMPUTER SYSTEMS CO., LTD
First International Computer, Inc.
FueTrek CO., LTD.
Fujitsu-Takamizawa Components Ltd.
Fujitsu Ten Ltd.
Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
General Motors Corporation HAGIWARA SYS-COM CO., LTD.
Hewlett Packard Company
HIROSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
Hitachi, Ltd. Semiconductor Group Holden
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Hsing Tech Enterprise Co., Ltd.
I-O DATA DEVICE, INC.
Iriso Electronics Co., Ltd.
ITT Cannon, Ltd.
JALCO CO., LTD.
Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Ltd.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Kouwell Electronics Corp.
Kyocera Elco Corporation
LG Electronics Inc.
LinkUp Systems Corporation
|Liquid Audio, Inc.
Marantz Japan, Inc.
MICRO-STAR INT'L CO., LTD.
Minolta Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Inc. MITSUI & CO., LTD.
MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
Molex Japan CO., LTD.
NAVITIME JAPAN CO., LTD.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
OnSpec Electronic, Inc.
PACIFIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
Palm Computing, Inc.
Parthus Technologies plc
Pretec Electronic Corporation
Preview Systems Inc.
PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
Quanta Computer Inc.
REXON TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Run Wave Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
SCM Microsystems, Inc.
Seiko Epson Corporation
Shanghai General Electronics (Group) Co., Ltd.
Silicon Integrated Systems Corp.
SMK Electronics Corporation
Taiwan Zetatronic Industrial Co., Ltd. Tanita Corporation
Teac Co., Ltd.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
TOHO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CENTER
TOKYO ELECTRON DEVICE LTD.
Total Technology Company Ltd.
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
Tyco Electronics AMP K.K.
UNION MACHINERY Co., Ltd.
VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Viking Components, Inc.
Waka Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Western Digital Corp.
Winbond Electronics Corp.
Xanavi Informatics Corporation
YAMAICHI ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
YE Data Inc.