Patriot Memory's begun waving around a new flagship secure digital card line called the EP Pro Series. The new SDHC/SDXC flash storage cards were designed with high definition video and photography gurus in mind, the company says, and boast blazing fast read and write speeds that are nearly five times faster than the transfer speeds of standard SDHC cards.
Toshiba just trotted out what it claims is the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality baked in. It's called the FlashAir, it has 8GB of storage capacity, and it sounds an awful lot like the Eye-Fi line of SDHC cards, doesn't it? In some respects, the FlashAir is similar, but it's also different in one very big way.
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.
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.
The crowded SDHC market just got a little more cramped with the introduction of three new SD card series by Sony, all of which the company touts for their environmentally-friendly eco packaging. In addition, each new card comes with a memo space for handwritten titles and other notes, Sony says.
Sitting at the top of the heap is Sony's new Expert Series. These Class 10 SDHC cards come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities and offer up to 22MB/s transfers.
Down below is the Value-added Experience Series rated at Class 4. These boast up to 15MB/s and are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities.
Finally, there's the Entry-level Essential Series, also a Class 4 card, but only available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities. Other than the added capacity options, all that separates the Value-added Experience from the Entry-level Essential is that Sony offers its File Rescue HD software as a free download to owners of the former (as well as owners of the Expert Series).
The new cards will ship in January, 2011, for an as-yet undetermined price.
Patriot this morning sent us word that it's beefing up its LX series of microSD High Capacity (SDHC) line with 16GB and 32GB models, both which are rated as Class 10 cards.
"Today's mobile devices have evolved from simplistic phones to multi-functional tools capable of handling email, music, photos, and more," says Meng Jay Choo, Patriots's Flash Product Manager. "Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives letting us connect with each other. Adding 16GB and 32GB storage solutions let consumers expand the capabilities of these devices."
Patriot says its 32GB card can record over 10 hours of HD video and more than 10,000 photos. And both cards will come a full SD adapter so they can be used in most digital cameras, HD camcorders, tablets, and anything else sporting an SD slot.
SD memory cards are the format of choice for mobile devices, but as megapixels continue to rise and HD video recording becomes the norm, flash memory speeds will become an increasingly important bottleneck. SDHC cards are cutting it for now, but according to CNET the SD Card association isn’t resting on its laurels and is hard at work on the next generation of flash designs.
Modern high-speed SD cards have data-transfer buses with a maximum theoretical speed of about 104MB per second, but in reality most cards are yielding speeds much slower than this. The new standard called SD 4.0 will increase the theoretical maximum speed to 300MB per second, and the association believes this will give them the headroom they need to build faster cards. The higher speeds are accomplished by adding an additional set of pins to the bottom face of the card, but the dimensions and backwards compatibility will be maintained.
The specification is expected to be completed by Q1 2011 meaning we could see products with the new standard by the end of 2011 or early 2012.
Good news for photographers and video buffs both - Lexar Media has begun shipping its Professional 133x SDHC memory cards in 16GB and 32GB capacities to retail outlets, the company announced on Tuesday.
The new cards carry a Class 10 speed rating, the highest rating available, and offer sustained write speeds of 133x, or 20MB/s. At 32GB, Lexar says there's enough storage capacity to hold 736 minutes of video, 8,000 MP3s encoded at 128kbps, or 12,800 photos taken with an 8MP camera.
"As camera manufacturers introduce new models that capture both photo and video content, photographers need memory solutions that keep up with their evolving shooting needs,” said Manisha Sharma, director of worldwide memory card product marketing, Lexar Media. “With the 16GB and 32GB capacities of the Lexar Professional SDHC cards, photographers can shoot longer without having to switch cards and potentially miss an amazing image. Photographers everywhere understand the benefits of increased capacities, and we’re pleased to be offering these cards to them through our extensive channel network.”
The cards are available now through Adorama and B&H for about $110 (16GB) and $190 (32GB).
There’s possibly nothing more confusing than trying to buy a new SDHC card. Do you buy Class 2 or Class 6. Do you care about the “X” rating and should you pay for spring for a premium card? Frankly, even geeks can get confused when faced with a selection of 14 different SDHC cards of varying sizes and ratings – none of which readily make sense. Fear not, we waded through the specs and grabbed a selection of cards for testing to see what really matters.
SanDisk today unveils what it claims is the world's fastest 32GB SDHC card, the 32GB SanDisk Extreme, boasting read and write speeds at up to 30MB/s.
"The market for entry to mid-level DSLR cameras is growing, and SDHC is becoming the de-facto card format for these devices," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Our card's 32GB of storage and upt to 30MB/s read & write speeds enable DSLR users to shoot without worrying about storage or speed limitations."
The new card meets the SD Association's new Class 10 specification, and according to SanDisk, exceeds the requirement for today's high definition (AVCHD) video recording. The sustained write speed is enough to store 160 minutes of full HD 1920x1080 pixels at a 24MB/s data transfer rate.
The SanDisk Extreme SDHC 32GB cards will start shipping to "major retailers" in August with no word yet on price. In addition, the current 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacity SanDisk Extreme SDHC cards will be upgraded from Class 6 to Class 10, also in August.