Panasonic unveils high-speed SD cards

Panasonic will begin selling a new series of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards internationally at the end of October that offer...

Panasonic will begin selling a new series of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards internationally at the end of October that offer double the data transfer speed of its current fastest cards.

The cards, which have capacities of 512Mbytes and 1Gbyte, are the first two members of its new Pro High Speed Series and are able to transfer data at a maximum rate of 20mbps.

The fastest SD memory cards made by Panasonic before this latest series, the Super High Speed Series had transfer data speeds of 10mbps, according to Karl Takahashi, a Panasonic spokesman.

The new cards need to be used with an upgraded PC card adaptor to achieve the full 20mbps data transfer speed, but the new cards can be used in older devices, albeit at lower speeds, he said.

The 1Gbyte card will be available in Japan from 15 October for about ¥27,000 (£134) and the 512Mbyte card will cost about ¥13,000.

Panasonic intends to release 2Gbyte versions of the high-speed cards in 2005, 4Gbyte versions in 2006, 8Gbyte versions in 2007 and 16Gbyte versions in 2008, Takahashi said.

Paul Kallender writes for IDG News Service

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