Panasonic is to release high-capacity Secure Digital (SD) cards with an amazing 256Mb and 512Mb capacity.
The postage-stamp sized cards, already in use in such devices as PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players and printers, will also support an increased transfer rate of 10Mb/sec. Panasonic will be showcasing prototype SD products at the Tokyo CEATEC JAPAN 2001 event, including an SD video recorder, multimedia terminal and mobile printer.
As a guide, 512Mb card will store three hours of MPEG-4 encoded video (at 384Kbits/sec) or 680 minutes of MP3. The format also incorporates copyright protection compliant with the SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) standard.
The cards will be released in Japan at the end of the year, with retailers to set their own prices. UK pricing and release dates are, as yet, unavailable.