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.
SanDisk scooted into the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a pair of high speed SDXC cards in tow. Actually, the SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I series, available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, is the fastest of its kind on this or any other world (until little green aliens land on Earth and prove otherwise, anyway), featuring read and write speeds of up to 45MB/s, according to SanDisk.
SanDisk woke up this morning and decided to blitz the market with a fistful of storage products, including a massive 64GB microSDXC card. The 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I card doubles the performance and capacity of SanDisk's professional-grade imaging lineup and is based on the latest SD 3.0 specification's Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus architecture.
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.
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.
So here it is, the first ever Class 10 SDXC card in 128GB capacity. Lexar Media announced the new card today as part of its Professional SDXC series, along with a 64GB model with the same 133X speed rating.
"The professional photography industry is at a point where digital photo- and video-capture methods are converging, meaning that professional shooters need a memory solution with the versatility and reliability to safely store both photos and videos," said Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media. "The 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards combine high-speed performance with large capacities to offer solutions for professionals who shoot large volumes of high-resolution images and HD video."
Lexar says both cards will have no trouble working with any SDXC-enabled devices. They also include the latest version of Lexar's Image Rescue software in case you're a little quick on the draw when it comes to deleting photos and videos.
The cards don't come cheap -- both the 64GB and 128GB models will be available in the first quarter of this year with MSRPs set at $400 and $700, respectively.
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.
For those of you who answered wrong when we asked this same question yesterday (see here), which would you rather have, storage or performance? If you answered both, you cheated and looked at the answer, but you're also correct. And like the massive memory kit just linked, Patriot tackles both fronts with its new 64GB SDXC memory card, the flagship model in the company's LX Series.
"The LX Series Class 10 SDXC memory cards are another example of how Patriot provides cutting edge solutions to end users and channel partners," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "Our LX Series Class 10 SDXC cards provide the capacity and performance required by consumers for extended HD-video recording and rapid still image photography. Capture every image or video without missing a moment."
Or without running out of room. According to Patriot, its 64GB card can store over 10 hours of Full HD video. And because it's a Class 10 card, it comes rated at 10MB/s write and 25MB/s read speeds with a bus interface of up to 104MB/s.
The LX Series is available now, with the 64GB carrying an MSRP of $350.
We probably have a ways to go before anyone releases a 2TB SDXC memory card, but in the meantime, SanDisk has brought to market its 64GB Ultra SDXC card, the company's highest capacity SD card ever.
"SDXC is the successor to the popular SDHC card format," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "The 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC card delivers the speed and capacity consumers need for extended HD video recording and improved rapid shooting of still images. The card is an ideal complement for recently-announced SDXC-compatible cameras and camcorders."
With a Class 4 speed rating, SanDisk's new 64GB boasts a read speed of up to 15MB/s. SanDisks says you'll be able to store more than eight hours of HD video with recording speed of 9Mbps (HD standard).
You have to pay to play, though, and this one will set you back $350.
We've covered Asus' Eee PC T101MT a couple of times already, but we may have underestimated the the SDXC slot. Most reports (including ours) had the slot topping out at 32GB, but according to the latest tech chatter, the T101MT will come capable of reading 2TB SDXC cards.
So what exactly is SDXC? Short for Secure Digital eXtended Capacity, this new format was announced during CES one year ago. SDXC uses Microsoft's exFAT file system and boasts read/write speeds of 104MB/s with a roadmap to 300MB/s. According to the SD Association, a 2TB SDXC memory card (which is so far non-existent) can store 100 HD movies, 480 hours of HD recording, or 136,000 fine-grade photos.
Who knows how much a 2TB SDXC card would cost (a lot), but every indication is that the T101MT will be ready.