Saturday, August 25, 2007

Toshiba joins the 8GB microSD club

First came Samsung, Sandisk, and now Toshiba has joined the club of companies producing 8GB microSDHC cards. Look at that little cutie on the right there. For owners of compatible handsets specifically the Nokia E90 this is cool news.

Feel like storing 2,000 4MB MP3 files (say, maybe, 200 CDs-worth?) in your phone? Well, soon you’ll be able to: Toshiba’s card is due in October.

With 4GB microSDHC cards currently retailing for about £30, these 8GB cards are unlikely to be bank-breakers. That 32GB standard-sized SD card on the left is rather sweet too…

Alongside with 8GB MicroSD card, Toshiba also announce the worlds first 32-gigabyte (GB) memory card in this high density, and 16GB SDHC. All the new cards meet the Class 4 specification in the SD Speed Class, ensuring they deliver the high level performance and functionality essential for advanced mobile phones and other personal digital products.

The 16GB SDHC card will be available worldwide from October, and the 32GB SDHC card and 8GB microSDHC card will be launched worldwide in January next year.

SDHC Memory Cards can be used with devices that support the SD Memory Card Ver. 2.00 standard. They are not backward compatible with standard SD Memory Cards. Toshiba say that they have only been able to produce standard SD cards up to a maximum size of 2GB. In order to meet high-capacity needs, the new SDHC-standard cards was presented. SDHC cards use the FAT32 file system and are high-capacity.

The market for high density memory cards is growing fast, driven by increasing demand for personal digital equipment able to handle motion pictures and high resolution images. Demand for high density microSDHC cards is expected to emerge in the mobile phone market, as on-board cameras advance multi-megapixel capacities, and demand for music and motion pictures are expanding as well.

Toshiba SDHC memory cardThe expanded new card series will be featured at the IFA 2007, in Berlin, Germany from August 31 to September 5.

Source: Esato