As part of today's Sony announcements, the company has added an 8GB version of its Compact Vault drive to the lineup. The Vaults are CompactFlash II-size hard disk-based storage drives, similar to the more widely known Microdrive from Hitachi and the Seagate Photo hard drive, which are intended for use in high-end digital cameras.
Sony plans to price the 8GB card at $259.99 when it ships in June. That's more expensive than the competition, but Sony's claimed 12MB-per-second transfer rate is higher as well. All CompactFlash drives are cheaper than CompactFlash cards of comparable capacity, such as those from SanDisk, Kingston, and Lexar; however, the flash-based cards are faster, and because they have no moving parts or magnetic media, they are ultimately more durable and reliable.