Toshiba to Sell 8GB High-Speed SD Card in Jan.

Toshiba plans to start selling in January an 8GB high-speed secure digital (SD) memory card, it said Monday.

The card will support the "class 4" high-speed data writing specification of the SD Card Association and be able to record data at 6MB per second, said Toshiba. That kind of speed plus the high capacity of the card makes it well suited to applications such as video recording using devices such as Matsushita Electric Industrial’s (Panasonic’s) recently announced HDC-SD1 camcorder.

The camera records high-definition video to an SD card at 6Mbps. Toshiba’s new card should be able to hold about three hours’ worth of such video.

The card will cost about 40,000 yen (US$340) in Japan. It will go on sale in Japan, North America and Europe in early January.

-Martyn Williams, IDG News Service (Tokyo Bureau)

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