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Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, 2006/12/05 - Since its introduction in the year 2000, the SD Memory Card has been accepted by a wide range of digital devices, backed by its four main advantages – compact size, high data storage capacity.
Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is best known, announced that it will launch the 4GB SDHC (SD High-Capacity) Memory Card based on the new SD Specifications Version 2.00. The new specifications were established to meet the growing demand for HD (High Definition) video and high-resolution image recording used in many SD enabled devices.
Since its introduction in the year 2000, the SD Memory Card has been accepted by a wide range of digital devices, backed by its four main advantages – compact size, high data storage capacity, fast data transfer speed and advanced copyright protection features. The demand for higher-capacity SD Memory Cards still continues to grow due to the widespread use of high-resolution digital cameras and semiconductor audio and video players. Reacting to remarkable growth in the market for such devices, the SD Card Association released SD Specifications Version 2.00 for the capacity beyond 2GB.
With the new specifications, now it became possible to develop SDHC Memory Card with capacities up to 32 GB. In addition, the new Specifications Version 2.00 specified to guarantee the minimum sustained data transfer speeds by establishing card performance classes (Class 2: 2 MB/s; Class 4: 4 MB/s; Class 6: 6 MB/s) for recording the streaming MPEG data. The previous versions of the specification did not provide such common standards for sustained data transfer speeds to be shared by all manufacturers. The new approach allows users to select card performance based on the needs of particular applications such as HD video and other MPEG applications with high data storage capacities. The new specifications continue to offer highly reliable copyright protection function, one of the SD Memory Card’s most distinguishing features making it an ideal solution for digital content distribution.
Panasonic remains committed to playing a leading role in the development of both SD enabled devices and SD Memory Card. Panasonic is planning to increase the storage capacities of its SDHC Memory Card as host devices complying with the new specification come to the market.
Since introducing the industry’s first SD Memory Card in year 2000 (with Physical Layer Specification Ver. 1.00), Panasonic has driven growth in the industry by continuously expanding the SD Memory Card product lineup. The lineup includes the industry’s first 256 MB and 512 MB SD Memory Cards in 2002, and the PRO HIGH SPEED series of SD Memory Cards with a maximum data transfer speed of up to 20MB/s in 2004 (based on Physical Layer Specification Ver. 1.10).
In addition to the PRO HIGH SPEED series (512MB, 1GB, 2GB), the SUPER HIGH SPEED series SD Memory Card (256 MB) delivers a maximum data transfer speed of up to 10 MB/s. The HIGH SPEED series of SD Memory Cards delivers a maximum data transfer speed of up to 2MB/s (128MB, 256MB, 512MB) and of up to 5MB/s (1GB, 2GB). Also the miniSD™ cards range from 128MB to 1GB. The company’s extensive product line reflects its commitment to meeting consumer needs.