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.
Elecom, a PC peripheral maker better known in Japan, has launched a pair of memory card readers boasting support for SDXC memory cards.
First on the list is the MR-A001BK. Primarily a USB thumb reader, this one also supports nine other types of media, including SDXC cards up to 64GB in capacity and SD Pro high-speed cards topping out at 2GB.
The other card reader is the MR-A002. Available in black or white, this one supports 32 different types of media, which also includes SDXC cards up to 64GB. You can also shove a media stick in the MR-A002 without an adapter.
The MR-A001BK and MR-A002 will be available in Japan later this month for $21 and $27, respectively. No word on whether Elecom also plans to market these in the U.S.
For some time now we’ve been hearing about the wonders of the SDXC flash media cards, and their ability to reach up to 2TB of storage. And, as evidence of the progress of this medium, Toshiba recently announced that they’d have 64GB cards ready by 2010.
This year Toshiba will be offering faster versions of their 16GB and 32GB flash cards using the SDXC format, thanks to Microsoft’s exFAT file system. The exFAT system will allow individual files to exceed 4GB, which is important for videos.
No word on how much it’ll cost or when exactly it’ll be out, but we’ll surely keep you posted.
Just recently Kevin Schader, the SD Association’s Director of Communications, announced that SDXC cards packing up to 64GB of storage would be arriving early next year.
The cards, which will start at 64GB and have transfer speeds of 52MB/s will pave the way for the theoretical limit of 2TB cards with 300MB/s transfer speeds, according to Schader, but he wasn’t able to say exactly when.
The 64GB specification was sent out to member companies of the SD Association in April, so there should be plenty of ways to use them once they’re out.
Two terabytes of storage on a single memory stick might have been unheard of just a short while ago, but now it appears it will be a race to see who can reach the capacity milestone first. Taking a tag-team approach, SanDisk and Sony are working together to create two expanded formats in the Memory Stick series, the Memory Stick format for Extended High Capacity and the Memory Stick HG Micro format.
It's the Extended High Capacity format that boosts recording capacity up to 2TB, or 60 times more storage than the Memory Stick PRO format's 32GB ceiling. Meanwhile, the HG Micro format sports some technical enhancements, including an enhanced 8-bit parallel interface and 60MHz interface clock frequency, to make a 60MBps (480MBps in theoretical value) data transfer speed possible. By comparison, the Memory Stick Micro format uses a 4-bit parallel interface and a 40MHz interface clock frequency.
No release date has yet been given, but SanDisk and Sony have to be feeling the pressure from the SD Association, who recently announced a new card spec called SDXC, which also promises up to 2TB of memory and read/write speeds of 104MB/s. As our own Andy Salisbury points out, that's enough to accommodate 100 high-definition movies, 60 hours of HD recording, or up to 17,000 high-res photos. Wicked.
The SD Association recently announced a new card spec called SDXC (short for extended capacity) that will be able to support up to 2TB of memory with read/write speeds of 104MB/second.
If what they say is true, then that means that one of these SD cards will be able to store 100 high-def movies, 60 hours of HD recording or 17,000 high-resolution photos on a portable device.
Keeping in mind that this is still simply a spec, not an actual product, it’s feasible that we’ll see products based off of this as early as next year. And with memory of this capacity in such a small package, it’s possible that this could help the industry as a whole.