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Dennis Hissink : July 17th 2006 - 15:30 CET
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SanDiskSanDisk 4GB Secure Digital SDHC : SanDisk today introduced a 4-gigabyte (GB) SD High Capacity (SDHC) card. The new SanDisk 4GB Secure Digital SDHC cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are rated Class 2 for speed and performance and can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures, more than 1,000 digital songs or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video (Approximations based on compressed JPEG images on 4 MP camera (pictures); 4 minute songs at 128 kbps MP3 (songs) and 8 hours of Super Fine MPEG 4 video (320 x 240, 1Mb/sec.) (video). Actual numbers may vary). The suggested price and availability of the SanDisk 4GB Secure Digital SDHC card is $199.99 or €159.99 and the SanDisk SD 4GB SDHC card will be available from July 2006.
SanDisk 4GB Secure Digital SDHCSanDisk SD 4GB SDHC - Performance
SDHC is the new designation for SD cards larger than 2GB that adhere to the SD 2.00 specification, a completely new design that is required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class Rating specification which defines a minimum sustained transfer speed for SDHC cards.

SanDisk 4GB SD SDHC bundle - MicroMate reader
The SanDisk 4GB SDHC card will be bundled with the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. These new readers work with both SDHC and SD cards. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader. (The 4GB SanDisk SDHC card is rated Class 2, a guaranteed minimum data-transfer rate of 2MB/sec. This rate is guaranteed based on the conditional access method specified by SD physical specifications).

SanDisk Secure Digital SDHC flash memory - Capacitiy
Susan Park, retail product marketing manager at SanDisk said, “Demand for high capacity cards continues to increase as storage-intensive applications such as digital cameras and digital video camcorders capable of taking high-resolution pictures and recording high-quality video clips come into the mainstream.”

SanDisk 4GB Secure Digital SDHC - Support and format
Though standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible products will be able to accept the new SDHC cards. SanDisk differentiates its new cards with the new SDHC logo on the card and retail package. Chris Chute, research manager at IDC, said, “Consumers are beginning to demand next-generation image and video capture features in smaller devices. SDHC, while only supported by a few manufacturers and camera models now, is sure to be adopted by the imaging market as HD video recording and higher-resolution photography necessitates larger capacities.”

SanDisk 4 gigabyte Secure Digital SDHC - Value for money
Wes Brewer , vice president of consumer product marketing at SanDisk, said, “In order to provide the easiest and most compatible solution for 4GB and larger capacity SDHC cards in the market, SanDisk chose to bundle its new MicroMate USB 2.0 SD/SDHC compatible card reader, which normally retails for $19.99, with this new card. We are confident that our customers will have the best user experience and highest value, dollar for dollar, anyone can offer at this time.”

About SanDisk
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.

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