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8GB microSDHC

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SanDisk pushes microSDHC capacity to 8GB

SanDisk today announced that it has increased the storage capacity of its tiny flash memory cards. The company is now touting its 6GB and 8GB microSDHC cards which will be available later this year.

SanDisk notes that its 8GB microSDHC card is capable of storing up to 2,000 digital songs or up to five hours of MPEG4 video. Both cards comply with the SD 2.00 specification and are rated at SD Speed Class 4 (4MB/sec sustained writes).

"With these new cards, any mobile phone with a compatible microSDHC slot will have just as much storage as the largest-capacity iPhone," said SanDisk's Jeff Kost. "By offering capacities of 6GB and 8GB, SanDisk is poised to enable people to enjoy more photos, more map data for navigation, more videos, more games and more music, wherever they go, on any phone with a compatible microSDHC slot."

With microSDHC cards now jumping in storage capacity, the omission of a memory expansion slot on the iPhone seems even more biting -- especially considering that OS X takes up 700MB of storage space on the 4GB/8GB devices.

In addition, the company announced the availability of a new 4GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card. The M2 cards can be used in Sony Cyber-shot and Walkman products. The 4GB M2 card will retail for $99.99.

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And SSD drives still max out at 64GB?
By awer26 on 6/27/2007 2:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you can make an 8GB card the size of your thumbnail, why can't they pack 50 into a 2.5" HDD shell and make a 400GB SSD drive? I know that these are much slower, but I don't think faster chips have to be physically larger (usually, smaller helps).

RE: And SSD drives still max out at 64GB?
By feelingshorter on 6/27/2007 2:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
Its not about "maxing out" technology as it is about max price people are willing to pay. I am almost sure that you cannot even afford what you fathom (50x the price of one of those thing). There are other components of a laptop/desktop that are just as important that $ could be spent on.

By cheetah2k on 6/27/2007 11:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
4mb per second sustained writes for an SSD drive!... Who are you kidding?

RE: And SSD drives still max out at 64GB?
By dubldwn on 6/27/2007 2:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
why can't they pack 50 into a 2.5" HDD shell and make a 400GB SSD drive

How much do you think that would cost?

RE: And SSD drives still max out at 64GB?
By awer26 on 6/27/2007 3:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
I realize that they are still recouping their R&D costs, but there is a ton of profit being made on SSD drives. The 64GB one probably costs a few dollars to make, not $500. All new technology will cost a premium, but the companies that lower their profits early on and create larger SSD drives for the same or marginally higher price will be the ones that sell the most drives.

By TomZ on 6/27/2007 3:35:05 PM , Rating: 3
No, I think the cost is related more to the actual cost of the flash chips themselves, especially when you can amortize the R&D costs across millions of units like Samsung can with their SSDs.

By TomZ on 6/27/2007 2:58:15 PM , Rating: 3
I would guess it's more a question of total cost of the drive, rather than the ability to build it. Suppose the drive costs $5000, how many units would they sell, compared to a $500 unit? At $5000, I would guess there would be practically zero demand in the consumer space.

By zephyrprime on 6/27/2007 3:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
I think the only reason the drives max out at 64GB is because of cost. There are too few people to pay the $6612.5 it would cost to buy a 400GB drive if the price/GB were the same as the current 32GB samsung.

By the way, flash cards can be as high density as they are because the card actually consists of multiple chips stacked on top of each other.

By Hoser McMoose on 6/28/2007 4:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
Consider for a moment that these 8GB cards are likely to cost about $150 to $200. I recently paid $60 for a 2GB MicroSD card for my phone (well worth the money IMO, but certainly a bit expensive as far as flash memory goes).

Now, if you're a manufacturer, would you rather make 50 8GB cards that sell for $150 a pop ($7,500) or a single drive with all those cards packed in one that sells for under $1000 total?

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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