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Friday, 29 June 2007

SanDisk 6 & 8 GB microSDHC - watch out iPhone!

After Samsung's 8GB microSD announcement last May, SanDisk proudly announces its largest capacity in microSDHC format to date. This addresses the need of the ever increasing storage requirement of modern mobile phones equipped with media players and cameras capable of recording videos in VGA @ 30fps as well as other devices with microSD slot (compatible with SDHC specification). Both capacities are expected to be available before the year ends with prices left unknown.

SanDisk also announces the availability of their largest Memory Stick Micro (M2) into the retail market. The new card is expected to be available worldwide this summer with a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The M2 format was co-developed by SanDisk and Sony Corporation to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multimedia mobile phones. The M2 measures 0.59” long x 0.49” wide x 0.05” high, or 15mm x 12.5mm x 1.2mm, making it the second smallest flash memory media in the world, behind the microSD™ format, which SanDisk pioneered.

We can expect the prices of 4GB and lower capacity cards to go down eventually when these high capacity cards are finally released =)

Press release below:

New Capacities Unleash Feature-Rich Multimedia Functionality
In Mobile Handsets

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, June 27, 2007 – SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that it is has begun sampling 6- and 8-gigabyte (GB)1 microSD™ High Capacity (microSDHC™) flash memory cards to major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators (MNOs) for testing and evaluation. The new cards are ideal for the growing number of feature-rich multimedia handsets that bring together phones, music players, hand-held computers, digital cameras and more. An 8GB microSDHC card can store more than 2,000 digital songs, or more than 5,000 high-resolution pictures, or up to 5 hours of high-quality MPEG 4 video2.

Retail release of the cards and availability to phone manufacturers and network operators are planned for later in 2007. Pricing has not yet been determined.

“With these new cards, any mobile phone with a compatible microSDHC slot will have just as much storage as the largest-capacity iPhone,” said Jeff Kost, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Consumer Solutions division at SanDisk. “What’s more, removable cards make it easy to share content you create with friends, ‘sideload’ files from a computer, and add more storage simply by purchasing more cards. By offering capacities of 6GB and 8GB, SanDisk is poised to enable people to enjoy more photos, more map data for navigation, more videos, more games and more music, wherever they go, on any phone with a compatible microSDHC slot.”

SDHC is the designation for any SD™ or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which has also created three classes to define minimum sustained data transfer speed. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 4 Rating3.

11 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
2 Approximations based on JPEG images on 5 MP camera with average file size of 1.5 megabytes (for pictures); 4 minute songs at 128 kbps MP3 (for songs) and 5 hours of MPEG 4 video (30 frames per second, 640x480, 3Mb/sec. for video). Actual numbers may vary.
3 Based on SanDisk internal testing.

[via: SanDisk Corporation]


paw25694 said...

oh my thats soo cool!!
when will it out?? MicroSDHC is compatible to MicroSD phone such as.. 5700??

viperkid said...

SanDisk 6 & 8GB microSDHC cards are scheduled to be out from Oct to Dec this year. As of now, 5700 is not yet compatible with microSDHC specification but there's a big possibility very soon that firmware updates will enable 5700 and recently announced nokia phones to support the SDHC format! Just take N95 for example, as of this date N95 is already compatible with 4gb microSDHC.

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