SanDisk flips out 32GB mobile phone card
World's highest capacity
SanDisk has announced a 32GB Micro SDHC Flash memory card for mobile phones.
The company claims it's the highest capacity available in the format and says it's built using a 3-bit multi-layer cell flash technology based on a 32nm process. The Micro SDHC format measures 15 x 11 x 1mm, making a dud card a possible nail extension for complete mobile phone fashion victims.
SanDisk didn't reveal the speed of the card but class 6 or 8 seem possible, meaning 6MB/sec or 8MB/sec speeds.
The company has four-bit MLC technology, implying that it could increase the card's capacity by a third in the future. SanDisk and Toshiba are said to be moving to a sub-30nm process later this year so we might expect a 64GB card next year, through a combination of process shrinkage and an extra bit per flash cell.
The card doubles the 16GB product SanDisk announced about a year ago and costs a whopping four times as much as generally available 16GB mobile phone flash cards available now. They can be had for around $50 but SanDisk want you to part with $200 (£133) for the 32GB product, about $6.25/GB.
It's expected prices will drop though. ®
Back in the day....
Does no one feel even the slightest awe at what is produced these days?
Tried a rough comparison with the first data device I ever owned, an Apple HD20SC. If you could put enough of them together (which you couldn't, but this is a game) to equal this storage you'd have to have 1,639 of them, that'd make a cube just over 2 meters on a side and if running would consume 10 KW.
Try putting that in a phone. :)
Yeah, mine's the one draped over the Zimmer frame, thanks.
tiny form factor
allows the 32gb microSD to fit neatly inside a hollowed-out Euro/Pound/Dollar.
the hollow pound is quite expensive at around 30 dollars from spy-coins.makersmarket.com, I guess their mailing list is now carefully watched!
Plus this is no doubt highly illegal, isn't it still treason to deface The Queen's currency??
rumour has it that one in 5 pound coins is already a dud, but is it a hollow dud???
However the UPCOMING IN 2010 ACTA free trade agreement may render stop and seize of all digital data/code/mp3/mp4 a requirement at every border crossing, though this might be my misconception.
"Oh sorry officer, I accidentally carry all my 'secret' data inside a coin - faraday cage - doesn't everyone?".
Anyway , a coin is less corrosive than the old 'microSD wrapped in clingfilm/saranwrap kept in the mouth' stunt.
('ta to SchneierBlog for the empty cash)
But you'll struggle to find something that uses that form factor other than a phone. Frequently these things are supplied with a USB or SD adapter- I have an SD adapter for transferring music files to my N97.