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Panasonic Unveils New High-Capacity Memory Cards

Storage capacities include 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

Panasonic Solutions Company launched a new line of SD high capacity (SDHC) full Class 10 UHS-1 (ultra high speed) memory cards with transfer rates of 90MBs, four-and-a-half times as fast as the previous generation of SDHC media, the firm says.

With storage capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, this new RP-SDB series of cards is faster and more robust than current SDHC media and has been fully optimized for professional use, notably with Panasonic’s broad AVCCAM line of affordable HD camcorders, the company says.

The new UHS-1 media facilitate offload speeds of as low as one-and-a-half minutes from the 8GB card, to three minutes from the 16GB card, and six minutes from the 32GB card, Panasonic says. To achieve the SBD Series UHS-1’s media’s high-speed transfer, a user must have a computer embedded with USB 3.0 technology and equipped with either a Panasonic UHS-1 USB adapter or with an SDHC card slot that supports the UHS-1’s chip, the company says.

The SDB series incorporates a powerful “Super Intelligent Controller System” (SICS) that extends the archive shelf life of the card and its respective recordings, provides power failure protection, and controls the data writing to the card so that the entire card is used fully over its lifetime, Panasonic says.

In addition, SICS automatically refreshes data because repeated playback of the same data without refreshing can introduce errors. This refreshing functionality optimizes data playback performance and has the effect of boosting archival life by a factor of 10, Panasonic says. In the event of a power failure, SICS saves original data back to the card so there is no corruption or loss of material. SICS also equalizes the rewrite areas on the card so that data writing begins at the point where the previous recording ended, even on a reformatted card, the company says.