SanDisk Ultra II 32GB
More is more with 32GBs of Secure Digital flash storage

SanDisk is one of the top flash memory manufacturers in the world with products such as flash media in various formats including Secure Digitial, Memory Stick, and Compact Flash, USB thumb drives, and even high-performance solid-state drives using NAND flash memory. Even that is just a percentage of its total sales as many flock to purchase SanDisk's higher capacity offerings.

Because SanDisk is one of the main producers of flash media it must keep up with the industry in producing refreshes and updated capacities of its flash media products. Today SanDisk announces details on the pricing and availability of its additions to the Ultra II line of SDHC flash media.

SanDisk announced the development of its Ultra II 32GB SDHC card during the third quarter of 2007 and the capacity point has been awaited by enthusiast photographers and those looking for high-capacity SDHC cards in general since then. Photographers require this increase in storage capacity as more digital cameras are moving to the double digit mega-pixel range and RAW file sizes are not getting any smaller.

With higher file size comes the need for higher read and write speeds as more data has to be written to the media before the next shot can be taken. SanDisk claims the new Ultra II products feature read and write rates of up to 15MB/sec as opposed to the 10MB/sec read and 9MB/sec write rates of the previous generation Ultra II SDHC products, a 50-66% potential increase in performance.

SanDisk details 3 models in this launch with the 32GB and 16GB Ultra II SDHC cards along with an 8GB version in its Ultra II Plus line. The difference between the Ultra II and the Ultra II Plus lines is that the latter features a built-in USB connector hidden within the casing of the media for a wider range of applications.

Pricing on SanDisk's new offerings start at $100 for the 8GB Ultra II Plus, $180 for the 16GB Ultra II, and $350 for the 32GB Ultra II. The 16GB and 32GB Ultra II SDHC cards also come packaged with a SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader, which SanDisk states is a $20 value.

The 8GB Ultra II Plus and the 16GB Ultra II should see the light of day this coming March while the 32GB Ultra II will be ready to scoop up high-quality digital photographs in April.

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