IFA 2006: Toshiba announces first high-capacity (SDHC) SD memory cards

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Good news for those for movie makers on the go – Toshiba has announced what it claims is the industry’s first commercially available high-capacity SDHC memory card. Whether they mean in Europe isn’t clear, because Sandisk announced one a few weeks back.

Regardless of who is first, Toshiba’s cards will hit the market in November, initially as a 4GB card, but follwed by 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards in 2007. Before you rush out and buy one, remember that your device has to be SDHC-compatibile – some are available now, but mobile video and audio devices that take the cards will probably start to apepar in bigger numbers at the turn of the year.

The cards have a maximum data transfer rate of 5MB per second – the combination of this high-speed transfer and capacity should make them well-suited to the recording and playback of MPEG2 and MPEG4 video in both standard and high-definition formats. No news on price, we’ll let you know nearer the shelf date.

Toshiba website

Dave Walker