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Sandisk introduces the 8GB SD High Capacity Flash Card

SanDisk launches an 8-gigabyte SD High Capacity card. The card can hold more than 4,000 JPEG images, 2,000 digital songs or up to 15 hours of MPEG4 video, and comes bundled with a MicroMate USB reader at no extra charge. Last week SanDisk already introduced an 8-gigabyte Ultra II SD High Capacity card. This card features write speeds of 9 megabytes per second and read speeds of 10 megabytes per second, and are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts that require significantly faster flash storage cards...

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The current SanDisk SD card seriesMicroMate USB 2.0 Reader Included With Card, Ensuring Connection To Personal Computers

SanDisk Corporation today introduced an 8-gigabyte (GB)1 SD™ High Capacity (SDHC™) card—the highest capacity now available in the SD format. The new card, which SanDisk is showing in Hall 23, Stand B28, at the CeBIT show here, holds more than 4,000 high-resolution pictures, as many as 2,000 digital songs or up to 15 hours of MPEG 4 video2.

The 8GB SDHC card will come bundled with a SanDisk MicroMate™ USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader, so providing the MicroMate reader with the card ensures that users will be able to connect the card to their computers. The MicroMate reader also works with standard SD cards.

“As consumers add more digital entertainment and memories to their lives -- especially when they start shooting video with a digital still camera or digital camcorder -- they need more storage capacity in flash memory cards,'' said Susan Park, retail product marketing manager at SanDisk. “The new 8GB SDHC delivers twice the capacity of what was previously our biggest SD card -- the 4GB SDHC -- introduced just eight months ago.”

SDHC is the new designation for cards in any SD format larger than 2GB that adhere to the new SD 2.0 specification. Previous specifications for SD cards limited capacity to 2GB, while SDHC supports capacities up to 32GB. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards organization, which also defined three classes for speed and performance capabilities. The 8GB SDHC card adheres to the SD Speed Class 2 rating, which guarantees a minimum data-transfer rate of 2MB/sec3. SDHC cards are not backwards compatible -- they will only work in devices with SDHC card slots.

“SanDisk is including a MicroMate USB 2.0 reader free with every 8GB SDHC card to make sure that users have no trouble transferring files between the card and their computers,” said Wes Brewer, SanDisk's vice president for consumer products marketing. “More than 30 digital still cameras and digital camcorders from Canon, Casio, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax and Sanyo are already SDHC-compatible. We expect that SDHC will soon spread to digital music players, mobile phones and other personal electronics, making the 8GB SDHC card a versatile tool for moving around lots of photos, music and video.”

The 8GB SDHC card with MicroMate USB 2.0 reader will be available in April in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bundle will be available in Japan and elsewhere in Asia later in the second quarter. In the United States, the bundle will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $189.99.


SanDisk Unveils 8-Gigabyte SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Card

Cards Will Be Bundled With Free MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader

SanDisk Corporation introduced an 8-gigabyte (GB)1 SanDisk Ultra® II SD™ High Capacity (SDHC™) card to meet the growing demand for more photo and video storage. The new cards can store over 4,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 15 hours of MPEG 4 video2. The announcement was made at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where SanDisk is displaying its photographic products in Booth G191 on Level 1 of the South Hall.

The SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card features write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec.3. The cards are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts with 5 megapixel or higher resolution cameras or videographers with camcorders that require significantly faster flash storage cards. The card carries a Class 44 speed rating.

The SanDisk MicroMate™ USB 2.0 reader, which normally retails for $19.99, will be included with the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card at no extra charge. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader to transfer images from card to computer, and the MicroMate readers work with both SDHC and SD cards.

“As new SDHC-compatible digital still cameras and camcorders arrive on the market with greater frequency, consumers should select a memory card that meets the demands of these devices,” said Anna Enerio, retail product marketing manager at SanDisk. “This combination of an 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card and a MicroMate reader gives consumers high capacity, proven performance and convenience at an exceptional value.”

The 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card adheres to the SD 2.00 specification, a new design that is required for cards and cameras to support capacities from 4GB to 32GB. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. The speed rating system, adopted by the SD Association, is intended to help consumers select the right card for the desired application. It does not denote the fastest memory card.

Though standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible cameras and devices can accept the new SDHC cards. SanDisk differentiates its new cards with the SDHC logo on the card and retail package.

The SanDisk 8GB Ultra II SDHC bundled with the MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader will retail for $239.99 or €121 from June 2007.

Additional information: The current SanDisk SD card series
March 16, 2007
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