Toshiba Unveils First 32GB High-Density Flash Card

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-08-23 Print this article Print

New flash cards meet specs to run new-generation mobile phones and other handhelds.

Toshiba revealed Aug. 22 that it will soon add three new high-density flash memory cards to its product lineup—including one it touts as the worlds first 32GB flash card. The Tokyo-based company, which partners with SanDisk to produce SanDisk High Capacity cards, also announced a 16GB SDHC card and an 8GB microSDHC card.
All the new cards meet the Class 4 specification in the SD Speed Class (a minimum of 4GB per second of throughput), which enable them to deliver enough power to run new-generation mobile phones and other handheld products.
"The speed class is important to maximize performance for demanding applications and help the consumer choose the right card for their camera or camcorder," said Brian Kumagai, business development manager for NAND Flash with Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Electronic Components. DriveSavers recovers information from machines that have been infected, mangled or burned. Find out more. Flash memory products are used for general solid-state storage, image file storage and audio for solid-state disk drives, digital cameras, audio appliances, set-top boxes and industrial storage. In the last 18 months, they have been finding their way into laptop and notebook computers, built by Samsung and Dell. 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, analysts at Gartner Group and Enterprise Strategy Group say. Demand for high-density microSDHC cards is expected to emerge in the mobile phone market, as on-board cameras gain multi-megapixel capacities, Demand for music and motion pictures is expanding as well. The SD memory card was jointly developed in 1999 by Toshiba, SanDisk and Matsushita Electric Industrial—best known for its Panasonic brand. SD memory cards have been widely adopted as a de facto standard worldwide; Toshiba has shipped more than 300 million memory cards and is currently the worlds second-largest supplier of NAND flash memory, behind Samsung. The 16GB SDHC card will be made available worldwide in October, and the 32GB SDHC card and 8GB microSDHC card will be launched worldwide in January 2008, a Toshiba spokesperson told eWEEK. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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