MicroSDHC. It's a card within the popular Secure Digital family, but
it's one you don't hear about very often. It's extremely small, smaller
than a thumbnail, and they're generally quite expensive and only useful
for cellphone owners. You see, most MicroSDHC card slots are found on
mobile phones, where a small card is needed to boost storage capacity
on a small device. Up until now, 16GB was the maximum size, and even
those cost well over $100 at launch.
is utilizing a newer 32nm X3 process technology in order to
cram more memory than ever into the same MicroSDHC card format. The new
ceiling sits at 32GB, a whopping amount that should satisfy all but the
most avid of media collectors. This basically means that you can soon
store up to 32GB of music, videos and images onto phones that support
(or any other MicroSDHC-supporting device, for that matter).
The card will be available starting today from SanDisk's website, with
worldwide retail availability to follow next month. The new card comes
with a 5 year limited warranty and carries a retail price of $199.99.
We never said getting such a crazy amount of storage onto a flash card
no bigger than your thumbnail would be inexpensive, but at least it's a
possibility today. Couldn't say that with a straight face yesterday!