Designed for Camcorders and Digital Cameras That Capture Still Images and Video, New SanDisk Cards Offer 50 Percent Faster Read and Write Speeds; 32GB is Industry-Leading Capacity
Giving photo enthusiasts the freedom to take more pictures and
shoot more video, SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today increased
both capacities and speeds in its SanDisk Ultra(R) II line with the
introduction of 32- and 16-gigabyte (GB)(1) SDHC(TM) cards and an 8GB
SDHC Plus card. The announcement was made at the photo industry’s PMA
08 International Convention here.
Ideal for today’s camcorders and point-and-shoot digital cameras
that can record both video and still images, the cards offer faster
read and write speeds of 15 megabytes per second(2) (15MB/sec), up
from previous speeds of 10MB/sec read and 9MB/sec write in the SanDisk
Ultra II line.
“As cameras offer more megapixels and as new high-definition
‘record-to-memory-card’ camcorders are being introduced, the image
sizes and files get bigger, requiring higher card capacity,” said
Susan Park, senior product marketing manager for SanDisk Ultra II
cards. “Cameras also are increasingly used for recording video clips,
which demand even more memory and capacity. These mega-capacities in
our SanDisk Ultra II line give users the worry-free ability to capture
thousands of their memories and hours of HiDef video on a single card,
while the faster write speed can reduce the time between shots and the
faster read speed reduces time spent waiting to copy those images to a
computer,” she added.
The 32GB Ultra II SDHC card, which is the industry-leading
capacity and will be the highest capacity consumer flash memory card
that SanDisk produces, will be able to store more than 8,000
high-resolution pictures or up to 40 hours of video(3). A SanDisk
MicroMate(TM) USB 2.0 Reader — a $20 value — is packaged with the
32GB and 16GB cards, giving users a one-stop solution for capturing,
storing and transferring their images.
Beyond speed and capacity, the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus
offers both SD(TM) and USB functionality in one card. Designed with
SanDisk’s unique, patented Hinge Lock technology, the card may be
inserted into a USB port on any computer. This two-in-one SD-plus-USB
feature eliminates the need to carry cables or card readers to
transfer photos and videos from cameras. Despite its small size, the
hinge is sturdy — having survived more than 10,000 open-close cycles
in SanDisk’s durability testing.
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Expected pricing and availability (US)
The 32GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card with MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader
has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $349.99. The 16GB card
with reader has a suggested price of $179.99, and the 8GB SanDisk
Ultra II SDHC Plus card has an MSRP of $99.99. The 16GB and 8GB cards
are expected to be available worldwide in March, with the 32GB slated
for shipping in April.
For more information on SanDisk’s entire line of award-winning
memory cards for the professional to the avid weekend photographer,
SanDisk Corporation, the inventor and world’s largest supplier of
flash storage cards, is a global leader in flash memory — from
research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and
retail distribution. SanDisk’s product portfolio includes flash memory
cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital
audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the
enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives
for computers. SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/corporate) is a Silicon
Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside
the United States.
(1) 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
(2) Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may be lower
depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.
(3) Approximations based on images with an average file size of 3
megabytes (pictures) and hours of MPEG 4 video (640 x 480, 15 frames
per second, 1536 kbps video). Actual numbers may vary depending on
camera model, resolution and compression.
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