SanDisk has begun sampling 6- and 8GB microSD High Capacity (microSDHC) flash memory cards to major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators for testing and evaluation. The company also announced the availability of the 4GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card.
The new microSDHC cards are designed for the feature-rich multimedia handsets that bring together phones, music players, hand-held computers, digital cameras and more. An 8GB microSDHC card can store more than 2,000 digital songs, or more than 5,000 high-resolution pictures, or up to 5 hours of high-quality MPEG 4 video.
“With these new cards, any mobile phone with a compatible microSDHC slot will have just as much storage as the largest-capacity iPhone,” said Jeff Kost, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Consumer Solutions division at SanDisk.
Retail release of the cards and availability to phone manufacturers and network operators are planned for later in 2007. Pricing has not yet been determined.
SDHC is the designation for any SD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which has also created three classes to define minimum sustained data transfer speed.
SanDisk’s 4GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card has the capacity to hold up to 1,000 MP3 songs, 9,600 high-resolution photos or up to 20 hours of MPEG4 video. It is compatible with Sony Ericsson’s latest generation of slim line, multimedia mobile handsets such as the Cyber-shot and Walkman series.
The M2 format was co-developed by SanDisk and Sony Corporation to meet the storage needs of highly compact, multimedia mobile phones. The M2 measures 0.59” x 0.49” x 0.05” (15mm x 12.5mm x 1.2mm), making it the second smallest flash memory media in the world, behind the microSD format.
The SanDisk M2 card line is designed for use with mobile handsets that have an M2 slot as well as all Memory Stick PRO Duo slotted devices. When accompanied by the included Memory Stick PRO Duo adapter, M2 cards are fully backwards compatible with all digital cameras and hand-held game players such as the Sony PlayStation Portable that have a Memory Stick PRO Duo slot.
The 4GB M2 card has a suggested retail price of $99.99. The new card is expected to be available worldwide this summer at many of the more than 210,000 consumer electronics stores and retail outlets where SanDisk products are sold.