SD memory cards get a significant speed boost

Toshiba has unveiled the world’s fastest SDHC memory cards.

The new 8GB, 16GB and 32GB SDHC UHS-I cards (product names THNSU008GAA21J, THNSU016GAA21K, and THNSU032GAA21L respectively) are capable of offering consumers blazing fast speeds, two times as fast as the company’s existing high-end SD memory cards.

Toshiba’s new cards comply with the recently announced Ultra High Speed (UHS) Interface SD memory card specifications set out by the SD Association and have a maximum read speed of 95MB-per-second and can write information at speeds of up to 80MB-per-second.

But it won’t be long until Toshiba’s ultra-fast cards are eclipsed by new products.

The SD Association announced it had defined a new SD 4.0 specification that can achieve speeds of up to 300MB-per-second. The new cards will have a dual-row design and are expected to arrive in early 2011.

In the meantime, other consumer electronics companies are catching up to Toshiba with a range of SDHC USH-I specification cards due to reach the market as early as November.

Also, Panasonic showed off its RP-SDY08G 8GB and RP-SDY16G 16GB SDHC cards, both which enable reading speeds of up to 60MB-per-second.

A large range of new SDHC UHS-I cards are on show at IFA 2010 in Berlin, Germany from September 3 and from September 21 at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. — Relaxnews

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