SanDisk has introduced a 4GB SDHC card, which will hit stores this month bundled with a free MicroMate USB 2.0 reader.

SanDisk has introduced a new 4GB SD High Capacity card. The cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are rated Class 2 for speed and performance and can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures, 1,000 digital songs or up to 8 hours of MPEG4 video 2. The 4GB SDHC card will also come bundled with a MicroMate USB 2.0 reader that is compatible with both SDHC and SD cards.

SDHC is the new designation for SD cards larger than 2GB that adhere to the SD 2.00 specification, a completely new design that is required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class Rating specification that defines a minimum sustained transfer speed for SDHC cards 3.

Susan Park, retail product marketing manager at SanDisk said, “Demand for high capacity cards continues to increase as storage-intensive applications such as digital cameras and digital video camcorders capable of taking high-resolution pictures and recording high-quality video clips come into the mainstream.”

Though standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible products will be able to accept the new SDHC cards. SanDisk differentiates its new cards with the new SDHC logo on the card and retail package.

The cards will hit stores this month; find out more information at www.sandisk.com/sdhc/