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Panasonic launches 32GB SD card

Japanese Consumer Electronics giant, Panasonic, has unveiled a 32GB SD card which can store up to 5.5 hours of full HD video at 1080p.

The card, which is a class 6 data transmission model, is set to be a hit with prosumer camcorders supporting HD Video and high density SDHC cards.

With transfer rates of up to 20MBps, the card could also find its place as a Readyboost cache for Windows Vista computers.

The release comes a few hours after Sony had released a 16GB Memory Duo Stick.

The price of the 32GB SDHC card has not been disclosed although one can expect it to be around GBP 100 since 16GB (opens in new tab) models start from less than GBP 50.

It would also be interesting to see whether manufacturers are going to use those high capacity storage devices to bring a new range of SSDs to the market.

The 32GB SDHC card also paves the way for cheap SDHC-based Portable Media Players with much larger capacities than an iTouch.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.