Developer Commits to Adding High-Capacity SD Card Support to Many of Palm’s Handhelds

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Although Palm has shown little interest in bringing support for SDHC cards to its traditional handhelds, a third-party developer has promised to take on the job.

Late last week,  Dmitry Grinberg of PalmPowerUps said that if 100 people would promise to pay $20 for the software that would allow their  Palm TX, Tungsten T5, and LifeDrive to use high-capacity SD memory cards, he would write it.

Clearly there was enough support, as Grinberg committed today to starting on this software driver in the next few days.

Those who are eager to see SDHC support added to their handheld will need to be patient. Grinberg says he hopes to get this project done by the summer.

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All of Palm’s traditional handhelds debuted during the days when SD cards maxed out at 2 GB (or in some cases 4 GB). Since then, memory card makers introduced the SDHC format, which physically looks and acts much the same, but allows for 32 GB cards.

In order for these devices to be able to use SDHC cards, all that’s needed is a software update. Many people have asked for this, but with all its attention on smartphones, Palm isn’t working on updates for its older handhelds.

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