updated 01:30 pm EST, Tue February 12, 2008
Panasonic 32GB SDHC card
Panasonic has announced the first 32GB SDHC card in its Pro High Speed series, currently consisting of memory ranging from 1 to 16GB. Though the company inaccurately claims to have the "world's first" 32GB Class 6 (6MB/s) card -- SanDisk having announced a new Ultra II in late January -- it is faster than most known to be in development, beating the Ultra II with a 20MB/s transfer rate versus 15MB/s.
The 32GB size maximizes the SDHC format, and should be enough to hold four hours of 1920x1080i video, or 12 hours of 1440x1080i content. Panasonic's card is also said to be more temperature-resistant than many competitors, able to survive temperatures between -13°F and +185°F. The card will be out in April at a price of $699.