Sandisk today announced the imminent availability of its highest capacity Extreme III SDHC card to date. The 8GB media is bundled with a free Sandisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader worth $20 and is a class 6 SDHC device guaranteeing write speeds of 6MB/s or faster. The pair are expected to ship within 30 days and will retail for around $179.99.

Press release:

SanDisk Introduces 8-Gigabyte SanDisk Extreme III SDHC Card for High-Performance Digital Cameras

Increases Storage for Still Images and Video Clips

NEW YORK, N.Y., OCTOBER 17, 2007 – More capacity and fast transfer speeds are the chief benefits of the SanDisk Extreme® III 8-gigabyte (GB) (1) SDHC™ (SD High-Capacity) flash memory card, which was introduced today by SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK). This and other imaging products from SanDisk will be displayed in Booth 1808 at PhotoPlus 2007 International Conference & Expo, which opens Thursday at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 8GB SDHC card will be packaged with a SanDisk MicroMate™ USB 2.0 Reader – a $20 value – so that users have a one-stop solution for capturing, storing and transferring their images. The bundled card and reader are expected to ship within the next 30 days to U.S. retailers at a suggested price of $179.99. It will also be available in Europe.

An 8GB SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card can store more than 4,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 16 hours of MPEG 4 video (2). The card has a read/write speed of 20 megabytes per second, thus providing rapid downloads to a personal computer.

“With the introduction of more cameras that can use SDHC, including the Nikon D80 and the Canon EOS-1D Mark II, the SanDisk Extreme III card is an ideal choice for those who want maximum dependability, durability and fast download speeds,” said Tanya Chuang, SanDisk’s director of retail product marketing for global imaging. “Also, since many of these cameras have extended video capabilities, the 8GB capacity provides users with storage for longer movie clips.”

The SDHC format is designed to allow for capacities greater than 2GB, but devices must be SDHC compatible in order to work with SDHC memory cards. For video applications, SanDisk Extreme III SDHC cards have a speed rating of Class 6, the highest available SDA speed class, meaning that they have a minimum continuous data transfer rate of 6MB/second (3).

All SanDisk Extreme III cards offer ESP Technology to streamline data transfer, RescuePRO® software to recover accidentally deleted files and images, a dedicated technical support telephone hotline and a limited lifetime warranty. The cards are designed for shooting in extreme temperatures (-13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit or -25 to 85 degrees Celsius), high altitudes and other demanding situations.

SanDisk’s ultra-portable, high-performance MicroMate SDHC Reader can rapidly move images from an SDHC card to a personal computer. It also reads standard SD as well as SDHC flash memory cards. The reader is being bundled with the 8GB SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card at no extra cost.

SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products, using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, California, and has operations worldwide, with more than half of its sales outside the U.S.

(1) 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
(2) Approximations based on compressed JPEG images on a 5MP camera (pictures) and hours of Super Fine MPEG 4 video (320 x 240, 384 kbps video). Actual numbers may vary depending on camera model, resolution and compression.
(3) The SDA speed class rating was developed to identify minimum data transfer and latency requirements for a host application, and is generally related to the emerging application of uninterrupted real-time video capture (from camcorders and camera phones, for example) with an appropriately rated SD card. By contrast, SanDisk's own minimum performance specifications apply to sequential write and read operations in non-real-time applications such as file transfers between a card and a computer or in digital cameras between the camera’s buffer and the card. Performance varies depending on host device.