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Panasonic announces Gitex launches

Secure Digital Memory card-based camera, printer, audio player and audio recorder to be unveiled at exhibition

Panasonic has announced that it will be introducing a range of entertainment products, all based on Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card technology, at GITEX 2002.

Its line-up will feature a small and versatile SD Digital Camera (the SV-AV10, as previewed in September edition of Windows Middle East Middle ); an SD printer (SV-P10) that can print snapshots on the move; the lightest and smallest SD audio player (SV-SD80) in the world and an SD audio recorder SV-SR100 that can record songs directly from CD to an SD card without a computer.

About the size of a postage stamp, the SD Memory Card is a removable storage medium that is transforming the world of consumer electronics: offering ultra-portability, high-speed data transmission, and huge storage capacity.

Panasonic markets 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB SD Memory Cards and has lately introduced higher capacity 256MB and 512MB cards to take full advantage of the SD Memory Card’s expandable storage capacity and interoperability. The Panasonic 512MB SD Memory Card is the largest-capacity removable media card on the market. It can store up to approximately 180 minutes of MPEG-4 encoded moving images (with a data transmission rate of 384Kbps), up to 7,040 digital still images in normal mode, or up to 688 minutes of AAC- or MP3-encoded digital music data (96Kbps) in normal mode. Panasonic’s stepped-up development plans call for the introduction of a 1GB SD Memory Card in 2002 and a 4GB card, which can hold an entire DVD-quality feature movie within two years.

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