(plural memory sticks)
- (computing) One of a series of memory devices manufactured by the Sony Corporation ranging in size from a USB drive down to a flash card.
- (computing) A portable solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device equipped with a USB (similarly specified) plug for direct connection to a corresponding port; a USB drive, thumb drive or pen drive.
From Memory Stick, a Sony brand name.
memory stick - Computer Definition
(1) Sometimes used generically for a USB-based flash memory drive. See USB drive.
(2) A family of flash memory cards from Sony designed for digital storage in cameras, camcorders and other handheld devices. Introduced in 1998 with 4MB and 8MB capacities, the original 2" modules looked like a short stick of chewing gum. Sony also designed Memory Sticks as I/O devices for cameras, GPS and Bluetooth modules, but they were not widely used. Memory Stick Versions The original Memory Stick reached a maximum of 128MB. A Memory Select version had two 128MB memory banks with a tiny switch for selecting one or the other. In 2003, the Memory Stick PRO came out with a little more transfer speed and increased storage capacity, eventually reaching into the gigabyte range. However, the major change was the Duo format, which is half as thick and a third shorter than the original module (see images below). See flash memory.