FujiFilm and Olympus have jointly developed a 1GB version of their XD Picture Card memory card and plan to put it on sale in the first half of next year.

The two companies did not announce any other details of the card beyond its planned launch during the first half of 2005. Pricing was not announced and a FujiFilm spokeswoman declined to provide any estimate for how much it will cost.

The current largest capacity XD Picture Card is a 512MB model that was introduced in June 2003. It sells for around £100.

The two companies introduced the XD Picture Card format in 2002 as the format they had previously favoured, SmartMedia, was reaching the end of its life. To date the format has seen little additional use beyond the two companies as most digital camera makers are using SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multimedia Card) or Compact Flash (CF) in their products.