The first memory cards to comply with the UHS-II standard
Toshiba is crowning its new microSD memory cards as being the fastest the world has ever seen. They're supposedly the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II interface standard, which is an ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Version 4.20. Specifically, the new cards are UHS Speed Class 3 enabled, which allow for 4K video capture at constant minimum write speeds of 30MB/s.
Samsung's new line of SD and microSD memory cards look so good it's a shame they'll spend most of their time hiding inside your digital camera or other portable device. Regardless of the fact that memory cards are destined to spend most of their days out of sight, Samsung decided to add a bit of bling to seven new models of SD and microSD cards as part of either its High Speed Series or Plus Extreme Speed Series.
Live fast, love hard, and take a lot of pictures. If that's the motto you have tattooed on your arm, consider having it removed because that's a silly way to ink up your skin. Afterwards, take a peek at Lexar's new Professional 1000x CompactFlash (CF) card, the industry's first 1000x memory card serving up a minimum guaranteed sustained read speed of 150MB per second to help capture high quality images, 1080p Full HD video, and yes, even 3D video.
Somebody had the good idea to put a camera into a cellphone. This was a good idea. It was a great idea. What made it even better was including a slot for a Micro-SD card. I have a 32-gigabyte chip in my phone and I haven’t run out of storage yet. I can shoot photos or movies wherever I go—and email them immediately. I can read e-books or listen to music or watch videos. (The Samsung Galaxy phone has a great screen.)
The smartphone is a combination of many good ideas and its overall usefulness should be a guide for all manufacturers of portable electronics. So why doesn’t the iPad have a memory card slot? Why doesn’t Amazon’s Kindle Fire have a slot for an SD card? Who knows, but here are some other good tech ideas that need to be implemented ASAP.
Living in the cloud, are you? It's getting increasingly harder not to stick your head -- and your data -- in the cloud, and it's only going to get more difficult. PNY, a maker of all kinds of memory products, may have kicked off a trend by releasing memory cards that come with ample cloud storage. It's a joint venture with MiMedia that will give users who buy specially marked SDHC cards 250GB of cloud storage to store and share photos, music, videos, and whatever else is cluttering your hard drive.
Lexar Media decided to kick things up a notch with its media card reader line by introducing a new model capable of reading faster cards and thrusting data through the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. And as its name would imply, the new Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader supports two cards at once for card-to-card file transfers.
Have a fist full of Benjamins to spend on speedy storage for your digital SLR camera or 3D-enabled camcorder? If so, Delkin claims its new 32GB "Delkin Elite 633 SDHC UHS-I" is the fastest SDHC card money can buy. This thing touts 80MB/s write and 95MB/s read speeds courtesy of the new UHS (Ultra High Speed) bus interface, which is fully compatible with SDHC and SDXC host devices.
Back in January, Lexar announced the addition of a 128GB Class 10 SDXC card to its Professional SDXC series. For those of you who have been chomping at the bit ever since, Lexar says the card is finally shipping and is available at B&H Photo and Video, Adorama Camera stores across the country, and of course direct from Lexar.
The CompactFlash Association only recently released the CF6.0 specification, which calls for a maximum transfer rate of 167MB/s. That's fast, but not nearly fast enough for SanDisk, Sony, and Nikon. The tech trio is proposing a new specification that will essentially triple transfer rates to 500MB/s via PCI-Express.
"This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers," said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the Board, CFA. "This next generation formation is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs."
The proposed specification isn't just about speed, but capacity as well. According to the three companies, capacities beyond 2TB would be possible, which would better allow for continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images and HD video applications.
Eye-Fi on Tuesday announced plans to aggressively expand its Wi-Fi networks to its Hotspot Access service, both here and abroad. All told, the company says it will add hundreds of thousands more Wi-Fi networks around the globe by the end of May.
"Digital photography lets us capture the moments of our lives, wherever we are," said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Now we can enable our users around the world to back-up and share these memories from anywhere, whether they are traveling abroad or out running errands."
The latest expansion efforts follow the addition of more than 21,000 Wi-Fi hotspots last month through a partnership with AT&T. Users can also upload photos through any Starbucks in the U.S., as well as Marriot Hotels, Barnes & Nobles, and more, the company said.
In related news, Eye-Fi also announced the launch of the Eye-Fi Geo X2, a Wi-Fi enabled memory card designed exclusively for those in the Apple camp. The Geo X2 integrates with Macs, iPhone, and MobileMe.
“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to our new X2 line and the improved experience it’s brought our users,” said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. “Now we’re bringing the Eye-Fi Geo X2 exclusively to Apple so that their users can effortlessly upload photos and videos for seamless editing and sharing with iPhoto and MobileMe.”
The Class 6 rated Geo X2 will be available in May for $70.