In an effort to strengthen its arsenal in the battle for the ultimate storage media, Panasonic comes up with a 4 Gigabyte SD Card.
CeBIT 2006: Not to be outdone by MemoryStick Panasonic has today ensured that its chosen storage format, Secure Digital card, can at least match the capacity offered in other fomats. There is a catch though, Secure Digital was never designed for capacities over 1 GB, that was solved but then addressing anything over 2 GB became the next problem. To solve this the SD Association have proposed SDHC, essentially the same physical format as SD but only compatible with SDHC devices (such as the new Panasonic DMC-L1). So it’s good news and bad news.
4 GB? On a postage-card size card? Pretty soon, the laws of physics would demand that these tiny devices turn into black holes, sucking in tons and tons of data!
Good move, nonetheless. I just hope device-makers had the possibility of such storage capacities in mind when they created the SD standard. Or is this a way to force us to buy new gadgets (Lumix DMC-L1, anyone?)