Pretec is continuing to hold onto bragging rights as the source for the world’s highest capacity flash memory cards. This company has just become the first to announce an 8 GB SDHC card, although this is not yet available to consumers.
Key customers can get samples can get samples of this card now, and mass production is expected to start by the fourth quarter of this year.
The retail price of Pretec’s 8 GB SDHC card at launch has not yet been announced.
SD vs. SDHC
The original SD card format is limited to 2 GB of storage. That’s why the SD Card Association developed the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) format, which has the potential for much higher capacities.
Although standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible products will be able to accept cards using the new format. This is because the original SD format uses a “Byte Addressing” scheme, while the new format adopts a “Sector Addressing” scheme.