Toshiba has announced the introduction of the first 8GB SDHC Memory Card which it says will be available early in the new year. The new cards will be capable of a write speed in excess of 4MB per second up to 6MB per second and useable with all devices compatible with the SDHC specification. With some compact cameras now topping 10 Megapixels and entry-level DSLRs increasingly using SD format, the arrival of higher capacity cards is sure to be welcomed by many.

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Press Release:

World's first 8 GB, Speed Class 4 SDHC Memory Card

TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced the global launch of the latest addition to its new series of high-capacity SDHC Memory Cards: the industry's first 8-gigabyte Class 4 memory card. The new card will be introduced in early January 2007, alongside the 4GB products launched in September, and will give Toshiba larger commercially available lineup in high performance SD Memory Cards.

The SDHC (SD High Capacity) Memory Card is based on the SD Card Association's SD Specifications Ver2.00, which defines high capacity, high performance enhancements to market-leading SD Memory Cards. The new card meets the Class 4 standard, a speed standard that requires a data write speed of at least 4MB a second. Toshiba is first in the industry to announce the launch of Class 4 8GB SDHC memory card.

SDHC Memory Cards are expected to find wide application in digital video and still cameras, and Toshiba is enhancing global distribution of its new cards.

Key Features

  • 8GB capacity supports capture of video images and high resolution still images. The new card can record a maximum of 3hrs. 10mins. of standard definition video in the MPEG2 format.
  • Meets Class 4 in the "SD Speed Class", requiring high speed writing of at least 4MB per second, up to 6MB per second.

*Reading and writing speed depends on conditions such as devices and file size.

* SDHC Memory Card cannot be used for devices which do not support SD Memory Card Ver2.00 standard as the file formats differ.

8GB SDHC specifications

Maximum write speed

6MB /Second

Power supply voltage 2.7 - 3.6V
Compatible standard SD Memory Card Ver2.00 standard compatible
File format


Exterior dimensions 24.0mm x 32.0mm x 2.1mm
Weight approx 2g