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Panasonic claims memory first

Panasonic preparing to launch 32GB SDHC memory card in April

This April Panasonic will launch what it claims is the world's first 32Gbyte SDHC memory card. This Class 6 specification mobile storage release will, the firm says, be capable of storing up to 12 hours worth of High-Definition (HD) video.

The new memory card, which has the model name RP-SDV32GG1K, is described as perfect for those wanting to move HD content from PC to PC, as well as for users looking to store content from AVCHD High Definition video recording.

The 32Gbyte card can record approximately 12 hours of 1440 x 1080i High Definition video in HE mode and approximately four hours of 1920 x 1080i full High Definition video in HA mode.

"This memory card redefines the concept of electronic data storage devices, as the amount of data it can store is just enormous; something that people would not have imagined a few years back," said Mr. Yasuo Kimoto, Panasonic Marketing Middle East's product manager.

The arrival of Panasonic's 32Gbyte memory card, which is expected to cost around $700, boosts the company's line-up to six models.

SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity, or SD 2.0) is an extension of the SD storage standard that allows capacities in excess of 2Gbytes. While SDHC products utilize exactly the same form factor as SD, the SD 2.0 standard in SDHC uses a different memory addressing method (sector addressing rather than byte addressing), thus taking the maximum storage possible, in theory at least, up to 2048Gbytes. SDHC cards work only in SDHC compatible devices.

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