Panasonic cuts SD prices, ramps volume!|
(Friday, July 13, 2001 - 12:13 EDT)
ZDNet News reports on Panasonic's plans for Secure Digital flash format...
A ZDNet News item pointed out by IR reader Michael She notes that Panasonic is slashing the prices of Secure Digital (SD) memory cards used by some digital cameras, as well as Palm PDAs. Panasonic's parent company Matsushita Electric developed the SD card format along with SanDisk Corp. and Toshiba Corp., and according to the news item the price cuts are to be followed up with a doubling of production output of the cards.
ZD notes the cost cuts as follows:
Equally interesting is the fact that the article reveals plans to release a 256MB SD card before the Christmas shopping season, and a 512MB card in early 2002. The price cuts seem to have already hit the market, as a quick search at shopper.com found SD prices to be about these levels currently...
- 16MB: Was $70, now $40 ($2.50/MB, down 43%)
- 32MB: Was $100, now $60 ($1.88/MB, down 40%)
- 64MB: Was $160, now $100 ($2.50/MB, down 38%)