STORAGE OUTFIT Sandisk has pipped rivals to the post with the launch of its 32GB microSD card.
The new addition to its range launches today and in packs double the capacity of the previous modules, using 32nm chips with three bits per cell.
The miniscule cards still adopt the SDHC format so, while the company has certified them for use on 170 devices, they should have few problems working with any current gadget that can support the current range of 16GB units. After 32GB though, we move into the territory of the microSDXC standard, which - much like the move from SD to SDHC - will require new hardware to support it.
According to Nikki Willcock, regional marketing manager for Sandisk, it is the first company to ship 32GB microSD cards, but we can be pretty sure that competitors like Kingston and PNY won't be far behind.
The kicker comes with the price tag. While you can easily pick up a 16GB microSD card for under £30, you can expect the 32GB models to set you back around £200. So unless you're desperate for more space on your phone or media player, you'll probably want to hold off until the price drops quite significantly. µ