Sandisk Ultra II 4gb SDHC Card Announced
At the Photokina 2006 show in Cologne, Germany, SanDisk announced an Ultra II version of their new 4gb SD High Capacity (SDHC) format memory card.
While currently limited to 4gb, 8gb and larger sizes are on the horizon. A 4gb SDHC card can store over than 2,000 high resolution digital camera images or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video. The SDHC format, co-developed by Matsushita, Toshiba, and Sandisk, offers write speeds of 9MB/sec and read speeds of 10MB/sec on compatible devices.
Palm has yet to offer any opion, future support promises, or even mention their stance on their devices' compatibility with the new SDHC format. All Palm devices have used standard SD removable flash memory cards since the launch of the m500 line in 2001, with recent Palm handhelds and smartphones moving to a FAT32 filesystem to enable unofficial support of 2gb and the non-spec 4gb SD cards.
Due to numerous incompatabilities with older SD-enabled devices and card readers, SanDisk is generously bundling their MicroMate USB 2.0 SDHC/SD reader with all flavors of SDHC cards. The Ultra II cards will be available in October for an MSRP of $220. Sandisk's standard blue SDHC cards currently have spotty availability at retail outlets.