updated 01:05 pm EST, Thu January 31, 2008
SanDisk Ultra II SDHC/Plus
SanDisk is preparing the release of two new SDHC cards in its Ultra II line. The preeminent one is a 32GB model, representing the largest possible size for the SDHC format; this is still rarely seen in the commercial market. Unlike Toshiba's rival card however, the SanDisk card writes at a fast 15MBs, making it more suitable for HD camcorders and SLRs like the Nikon D80. It will ship in April for approximately $350, bundled with a MicroMate USB 2.0 reader.
Those who want to bypass a reader will soon be able to buy an 8GB version of the Ultra II SDHC Plus card. This has a built-in, flip-out USB port, which allows people to use the card as both device storage and a more conventional USB flash drive. It will be available in March for $100.