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The humble SD card has evolved in a number of ways since its introduction two decades ago. While early SD cards could hardly store more photos than a roll of film, modern cards may offer the capacity to contain hours of high-quality HD video. SD cards have also become commonly used as boot drives for lightweight operating systems, powering everything from Raspberry Pi's to server hypervisors. SD Cards, and MicroSD cards in particular, can also be useful for expanding the storage of cell phones and even laptops. Samsung introduced its blazing fast EVO Plus UHS-I MicroSD cards last year, featuring capacities from 64GB to 256GB and write speeds approaching 90 megabytes per second. We were impressed... Read more...
High resolution photos and videos aren't getting any smaller, and that means there is a need for more capacious storage solutions. Lexar has heard the call, and announced a new 1 terabyte SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 memory card for digital SLR cameras, HD and 3D video recorders, and other devices. In terms of storage capacity, things sure have come a long way in the past decade and a half, as Lexar points out. "Almost 15 years ago, Lexar announced a 1GB SD card. Today, we are excited to announce 1TB of storage capacity in the same convenient form factor. As consumers continue to demand greater storage for their cameras, the combination of high-speed performance with a 1TB option now offers a solution... Read more...
One thing we always seem to think we have plenty of, yet always seems to run out before we expect it, is storage for our mobile devices. With smartphones taking higher resolution photos and video internal storage doesn’t last long. For iPhone users, this means you eventually end up spending more for cloud storage or deleting things so that you can store more apps and pictures. For Android users running out of storage means you can opt for a larger memory card so you that can keep filming and snapping away. For those users, Amazon has a smoking deal on the SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSDXC card. As of writing, you can get your mitts on the memory card for $73.94 with free Prime shipping.... Read more...
SSDs may make out heart skip a beat, but enhanced SD cards aren't half bad, either. Samsung is introducing (and now shipping) a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The seven new models of SD and microSD cards are now available as part of either the High Speed Series or the Plus Extreme Speed Series, both of which deliver up to 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher. With (up to) 24MB/sec OR (max) read speeds, users can transfer 1GB of images in as little as 42 seconds. In order to ensure their reliability, Samsung has designed both lines of memory products to be waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof, allowing... Read more...
Eye-Fi really started something, huh? While SD cards were fine just holding memories and excess files for years, soon that became "not good enough." Eye-Fi added a wireless piece to the puzzle, enabling these cards to wirelessly send photos and such from the camera to the cloud/PC/etc. And now Toshiba's taking it one step further. The company recently announced FlashAir, an SDHC memory card that includes a wireless LAN function. We're told that the company will begin to ship samples of the card in 8GB capacities starting this November, with "volume production" slated for February 2012. It's estimated that the card will cost around $85, and Toshiba will be obtaining certification related to wireless... Read more...
When you're looking at Secure Digital cards, there's no question that you have loads of options. Tons of choices. Everywhere you look, there's another SD card. But when it comes to high-speed cards, your options get a bit more limited. Delkin's Elite 633 is one of those speedsters, claiming to be the fastest SDHC card on Planet Earth. According to the specifications sheet, it can write at up to 80MBps and read at up to 95MBps. These obviously use the new UHS (Ultra High Speed) bus-interface, and it's fully compatible with all SDHC and SDXC host devices. Of course, that kind of speed will cost you. There's a $439.99 price tag attached to it, and it's scheduled to ship out later in the month. Yikes!... Read more...
We're getting closer and closer to living in a world where 1TB memory cards are commonplace. Just a few years ago, having a 1GB flash card in your camera was a big deal. Now, even the simplest of cameras can acquire a 1GB card for just a few dollars. The technology is advancing, and larger capacity cards are growing easier to find, and cheaper to buy. Lexar Media is pushing the envelope even further by this week shipping the industry's first 128GB Professional SDXC card, not to mention a 64GB version for those who either don't need all of that space yet or simple aren't willing to push their budget any further. Both of the cards are available in B&H Photo and Video, and Adorama Camera stores... Read more...
It's pretty amazing how tiny storage is becoming. 3.5" hard drives just seem enormous sitting beside some of these tiny modules, but that's a good thing. The smaller we can get things, the easier it'll be to become mobile, so no gripes there. SanDisk is a big proponent of small, and that's shown with the introduction of their new iNAND and iNAND Ultra e.MMC devices, which offer up to 64GB of storage in a tiny 12mm x 16mm package. The company's introducing even thinner packages, which measure as thin as 1mm, useful for sliding high-capacity flash modules into phones and tablets. SanDisk reduced its iNAND package sizes by using advanced 24nm generation NAND memory chips, which are more compact... Read more...
Taking aim at serious photography buffs and enthusiasts who "need to shoot like the pros," SanDisk today introduced its new Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card. What is UHS-I, you ask? For those of you not savvy to the newly released SD 3.0 specification, that's the new Ultra High Speed technology, and with it, SanDisk says its card can achieve up to 45MB/s read and write speeds. "SanDisk has a long history of developing fast, highly reliable cards for photography enthusiasts and professionals," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card lets consumers take their skills to the next level by capturing high-resolution still images, fast-moving action... Read more...
Do you love speed? Do you need a new CompactFlash card? SanDisk has something you should check out, but only if you have loads of spare cash. It's funny, really. New hard drives and other storage mediums are always crazy expensive whenever a new size/capacity emerges, and that's evident again with the introduction of the newest SanDisk CF card. The company's Extreme Pro CF card lineup is growing, with a massive 128GB card being launched this month. That's 128GB on a single CF card, with 100MB/sec transfers, a Power Core controller and a UDMA-7 interface. SanDisk is clearly aiming the new card at professionals who crave the speed, particular those who shoot heavy amounts of 1080p video footage.... Read more...
Bigger, faster, stronger. It applies to a lot of things, include storage formats. Hardcore power users are always demanding more from their media, and the SD Association understands that they have to keep up for fear of being lapped by CompactFlash, xD or any of the other memory card formats. The association has just introduced a new speed lane for the SD format to follow, but you won't hardly be able to tell. Those looking to spot the new speed will need to look up; there's a new row of pins which will enable faster transfers, but the old row of pins ensures backwards compatibility. The new specification is called UHS-II, and it's a format that will support transfers as fast as 312MB/sec. That's... Read more...
The flash memory game, of all games, is starting to heat up. With HD video recording on the minds of nearly everyone these days, having a card that's fast enough to capture it all is quite important. More and more HD devices are supporting the Secure Digital format, and SDXC in particular. Today, Lexar Media introduced their new professional SDXC memory card solutions -- two cards that are about as highly touted as they come. The first is a 64GB Class 10 SDXC card, while the second is the industry's first 128GB Class 10 card. Both offer minimum guaranteed speeds of 133x (20MB per second), and accelerate the workflow by providing fast transfer of high-res images and HD video from the card to a... Read more...
Well, this is the pain of progress. We love keeping things the same simply because it's easy. It's easy to acquire things that are compatible, and it's easy to forecast the future. But limits are eventually hit, and we have to innovate to move forward, even in the memory realm. The existing memory card formats that we have today have been in use for a good while, and the CompactFlash Association knows it has to stay one step ahead of the SD Association if they want to maintain a tight grip on pro photographs and the like. Today, the group announced the formation of a new working group to develop a next-generation memory card. Nikon, SanDisk and Sony proposed the new format in order to meet the... Read more...
Addonics is making it easier to duplicate flash media with its new Universal Flash Media Duplicator. The new Addonics duplicator supports 15 types of popular flash media and does not require a computer or complex software to operate. To duplicate flash cards, users simply insert the flash card to be copied into the "source" slot and any card of equal or greater capacity into the "destination" flash media slot and then press the start button. Depending on the type of media, copies are made at up to 133 MB/sec. Addonics Announces One-Touch Solution for Duplicating All Flash Media SAN JOSE, Calif.--Addonics Technologies, (www.addonics.com) today announced the Universal Flash Media Duplicator, a... Read more...
MicroSDHC cards are tiny. No one needed to tell you that. They're mostly used in cellphones, but recently they have been both sluggish and hard to find. SanDisk has a Class 2 32GB microSDHC, but it's one of the slower options out there. Now, Kingston is offering an alternative. 32GB is still the maximum on the market for microSDHC, but the big advantage to this new card is the Class 4 speed rating. That means that it can provide a 4MB/sec. minimum data transfer rate, which should make your Android phone feel quite a bit faster if accessing material frequently on the card. It's expected to start shipping tomorrow, and it'll be capable of storing nearly 29,000 photos, over 6,000 songs and more... Read more...
SDHC UHS-I cards were announced a few months ago, with the UHS-I designation meant to showcase enhanced speeds over traditional Secure Digital cards. These cards are designed for more professional applications, such as broadcast television or recording real-time HD footage. But announcing a specification and announcing a shipping product that takes advantage are two very different things, and now Toshiba is proud to announce that they're shipping the world's fastest SDHC memory card. The biggest news here is that we're talking about SDHC, not SDXC. SDHC is more widely accepted in products (particularly older products), so anytime we see an increase in speed while retaining widespread compatibility,... Read more...
"Fast" never really is "fast enough," is it? In the computer realm, that's almost always true. In the Flash memory market, that's definitely true. Regardless of how quick your interface is, it's always annoying to sit and wait for transfers, particularly large ones, to complete. The SD Association is really making a name for itself lately, and the SD card looks to be slowly making a play for becoming the go-to format, even for professionals. Not long ago, SDXC was announced as the next generation Secure Digital memory card format. For many, having access to up to 2TB on a card with transfer rates as high as 100Mbps was plenty, but like we said, fast is never fast enough. At the IFA trade show,... Read more...
Talk about a marvelous name for a product. In the world of flash memory, it's hard to keep any two devices apart. They all just seem to bleed together, accomplishing the same task regardless of the label. But SanDisk has somehow figured out a way to perk itself up in the midst of such an industry. How so? By naming their newest SD card the "WORM." The SD WORM card is a rather unique Secure Digital card, designed to actually store images for up to 100 years, which is far longer than the average disc. Most archives have used tapeless storage that was built to last for centuries, but having a memory card that almost do the same could certainly be helpful. There's no doubt that SanDisk is aiming... Read more...
Even the new Mac Mini supports SDXC, so it's pretty safe bet that SDXC will be a recognizable format in the coming months and years. In order to prepare for the future demand, yet another mainstay in the flash memory business is introducing an SDXC card today. Transcend has went ahead and revealed their 64GB Class 10 card, which will almost certainly break speed records (as well as your budget). Transcend claims that the new card will offer transfer rates as high as 25MB/sec, and that the new device will be capable of holding over 26,000 pictures, 352 hours of SD video or 640 minutes of 1080p video. Unfortunately, no exact price or release date is given, but we would expect it out rather soon.... Read more...
Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The new DM110 series will be available in July in four models ranging from a base model with a DVD burner to a higher-end model with a Blu-ray burner and data bridge function. EZDigiMagic Announces New Storage Products That Back Up Flash Memory Cards and Laptops with the Touch of a Button EL PASO, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Take advantage of simple and convenient... Read more...
True speed freaks should obviously turn to USB 3.0 if you want the fastest USB thumb drive that money can buy, but if you're still burdened with too many USB 2.0 ports to count, Sony's newest drive is about as good as it gets. There's also the fact that digital cameras have yet to get up to that speed, but that's not to say memory card makers can't improve the speeds of their cards using standards that already exist. Sony has just introduced the Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, promising 30MB/second memory transfer speeds. Sony calls these the fastest memory cards they have ever made, helping users who rely heavily on burst shooting or capturing high-definition video. High bandwidth applications are... Read more...
Secure Digital cards may be all the rage these days, but true photographing professionals probably have no interest. Even today, most higher-end DSLRs use CompactFlash cards alone, and if you rely on rapid-fire continuous shooting to get "the perfect shot," Lexar's new pair of cards might be worth a look. The company is today revealed that their Professional ExpressCard CF Reader and Professional 600x and 300x 32GB cards are now available in traditional and online retail channels. Both cards offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively, when paired with an UDMA 6-enabled device. There's also a high-speed reader... Read more...
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