SD Association Introduces New Video Speed Class Rating

It has been a while since we got the last official speed rating for SD cards from the SD Association and the current ratings are quite low compared to the speeds we see from other hardware parts these days. Granted, the SDA ratings are minimum speeds and we’ve long had cards that got past this, it will be nice to have a new official rating that will make sure our modern video recorders won’t skip frames.

The new Video Speed Class will be identifiable by the letter V in it and they are part of the new SD 5.0 specifications. The rating is made to make sure that you can record 4K, 8K, 3D and 360-degree video without hick-ups. The two fastest options, V90 and V60 are made to support up to 8K resolution while V6, V10, and V30 are designed for HD and 4K captures.

“With Video Speed Class, SD device and memory card manufacturers can offer the highest-quality video recording to consumers and professionals that keep pace with the awesome video resolutions not only offered today, but anticipated tomorrow,” said Brian Kumagai, president of the SDA. “New products leveraging the capabilities of Video Speed Class will be based on the high storage capacities offered by SDHC and SDXC memory cards.”

One of the nice things about the SD standard is the easy-to-understand speed ratings as compared to the CFast standard for example. The original SD Class 2, 4, 6, and 10 referred to the minimum speed in MB/s and the same goes for the U1 and U3 specifications except that you had to multiply them by 10. The new video speed class is prefixed with a V followed by the minimum speed rating as a number, much like the original Speed Class scheme.

Now, clever users will quickly have noticed that we already have SD cards on the market capable of these speeds, but they weren’t officially rated for it. That was more down to the natural advances in NAND technology, but now we also have official ratings and official certifications for it.

A new white paper, “Video Speed Class: The new capture protocol of SD 5.0,” outlines how the latest SD specification enables Video Speed Class. You can download the white paper at this page.

Lexar Also Introduces Fastest XQD 2.0 Card and New Flash Drives

Lexar has even more in store for us today than the previously mentioned SDXC and CFast 2.0 cards, they also released the world’s fastest XQD 2.0 card, the Lexar Professional 2933x and also the 1400x XQD 2.0 card. New and faster cards also require a faster card reader and Lexar released the Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader at the same time.

The Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 is the fastest XQD card on the market today, designed for use with the latest generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution DSLRs and it delivers read transfer speeds up to 440MB/s. The 1400X isn’t quite as fast but still delivers an impressive read transfer speed up to 210MB/s. Both of these new cards support PCI Express Gen 2 and USB 3.0 interfaces.

The MSRP for the Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 card is £479.99 (128GB), £255.99 (64GB), £139.99 (32GB) while the Lexar Professional 1400x XQD 2.0 cards will set you back £149.99 (64GB) and £96.99 (32GB)

The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader is compatible with both the Professional Workflow HR2 and Workflow HR1 stations, making it plug and play for those who have one. It is still a plug and play experience for everyone else. If you shouldn’t have one of the awesome Workflow HR, then you’ll just connect it with a normal USB 3.0 cable. The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader has an MSRP of £35.99 and will be available in October.

Memory cards aren’t the solution in every scenario and sometimes the more traditional flash drive is the better usage choice. Lexar also released two new 2-in-1 models, the JumpDrive M20c and the Lexar JumpDrive M20i.

The JumpDrive M20c is designed for the next-generation USB Type-C enabled devices and also features a normal USB 3.0 connector with backwards compatibility. The JumpDrive M20i is basically the same, but it is designed for use with iOS devices and comes with a Lightning connector instead of the USB Type-C. These flash drives enable users to easily offload and move photos and videos between smartphones and tablets and onto their computers.

The Lexar JumpDrive M20c leverages USB 3.0 performance with up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds while the JumpDrive M20i provides read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 20MB/s.

Both flash drives come with a three-year limited warranty. The new JumpDrive M20c USB Type-C flash drives have MSRPs of £16.99 (16GB), £21.99 (32GB), and £33.99 (64GB) and the new JumpDrive M20i have MSRPs of £39.99 (16GB), £54.99 (32GB), and £77.99 (64GB). Both will be available in October

Lexar Introduce World’s Fastest SDXC UHS-II and CFast 2.0 Memory Cards


There is no doubt that we all want smaller and faster storage for our gadgets. One of the areas where fast storage is a prime factor is video and photo capturing. With the ever-increasing Mega Pixels captured at ever-increasing frame rates, now also at 360 degrees and 3D, you need some serious storage to keep up. Lexar has been a busy little beaver and built a full row of new memory cards and flash drives that should satisfy those needs and that will become available for purchase later this year.

SD cards are one of the most used form factors when it comes to memory cards and Lexar’s new 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card would be great in any device. The Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification allows the 2000x SDXC card to quickly capture and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second. The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of £224.99, but that includes a lifetime warranty and lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.

“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”

If the 2000x still doesn’t provide enough storage space and speed for you, then you’ll need to look at the CFast 2.0 card series of Lexar that just got two new additions, the Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card and the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card. Both cards are perfect for 4K video and beyond with a performance of up to 540MB/s for the 3600x and 525MB/s for the 3500x.

The Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card will be available in 256GB and 128GB capacities, and it is specifically optimised for ARRI cameras. The Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 memory card will be available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB.

The Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card has MSRPs of £739.99 (256GB) and £394.99 (128GB). The Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card has MSRPs of £739.99 (256GB), £394.99(128GB), £213.99 (64GB) and £129.99 (32GB). That’s not cheap, but you get the best.

These are some serious memory cards and the fastest of their kind. Well done Lexar. How well do your current memory cards compare to these specs? Time for an upgrade?

Transcend Launches CFast 2.0 CFX700 Memory Cards

Transcend’s newest memory card may not be the largest with a capacity of just 16GB and 32GB, but it is definitely a fast one with transfer speeds of up to 530MB/s and the new Transcend CFX700 memory cards based on the new CFast 2.0 technology can be proud of that.

The new memory cards are built using SLC NAND and utilize the SATA3 interface, which is why they can perform as great as they do. The sequential read speed can reach up to 530 MB/s and the sequential write reaches 260 MB/s on the 32GB Transcend CFX700 memory card. The cards also come with a lot of features you normally find in SSDs, such as S.M.A.R.T., global wear leveling, built-in ECC functionality, and Device Sleep.

The new Transcend CFX700 series is designed for use in embedded systems where they can enhance the overall performance greatly. They are also designed to run in harsh environments and have a working temperature between  -5°C and 70°C. The memory cards provide superb performance here and would be optimal suited as a boot disk, making it a great alternative of a SSD in regards to its lower power consumption and higher portability while they still perform just as good.

Transcend’s CFast 2.0 CFX700 memory cards are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities and are backed by a three-year limited warranty. If you rather want a card with MLC NAND instead, Transcend already has that covered with the CFX600 memory cards.

 

Kingston Adds 512GB Capacity to its UHS-I SD Cards

If you are one of those people who likes to take lots and lots of photos and never emptying the memory card before taking even more, then you should take a look at Kingston’s latest SD card that sports up to 512GB capacity now. This is could also be a perfect card for those who take a lot of ultra-high resolution photos, 4K or 3D video, or just wants to carry a lot of files in a compact form factor.

The new 512GB capacity card is added to the line of Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards and it can provide a read performance of up to 90MB/s and a write performance of up to 45MB/s. These speeds might not sound like much when we’re used to SSD speeds, but it is enough to support continuous shooting with burst modes and reduce stutter in videos. In addition to the new large 512GB capacity, the cards also are available as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. Those who wish more performance than that have to take a look at Kingston’s U3 series that offers up to 80MB/s write speeds, but only come as 256GB cards.

The new memory cards haven’t arrived at the shops I checked while writing this, but they can be pre-ordered for around 250 Euro. That is about €0.49 per GB, and while it isn’t cheap, it is a fair price for such a card.

Kingston Released new 128GB and 256GB SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 SD Cards

Kingston Digital just upgraded their range of high-speed SD cards with two new and larger capacities. The Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card is now available in 128GB and 256GB on top of the previous available 16GB, 32GB, and 64Gb models.

If you’re into 4K photography, 3D video, or high fps video and photo recording, then this card might be just the right one for you. That goes equally if you just want a speedy memory card. The Kingston SDHC/SDXC card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s thanks to the UHS-I speed class 3 (U3).

Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card Features & Specifications:

  • Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16GB, 32GB); exFAT (SDXC 64GB, 128GB, 256GB)
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Performance2: up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)

Kingston is backing these memory cards with a lifetime warranty and free technical support and they won’t even cost as much as you think. The 256GB model can currently be pre-ordered starting from 105 Euro for the 256GB model.

Kingston SDCA3 MicroSDHC/SDXS 64GB Memory Card Review

Introduction


While we attended the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Kingston handed us one of their new microSD UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) 64GB memory cards (SDCA3/64GB) , and today I’m putting this little thing to the test!

The new microSD card is designed for users who either just want that extra speed from their compact storage or actually need it for fluent 4K video recording. The SDCA3 card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s which make the endless waiting for file transfers a thing of the past.

“The growing adoption of high-performance cameras and Android-based mobile devices has prompted Kingston to provide fast microSD cards to maximize device performance,” said Valentina Vitolo, Flash Business Manager. “We are confident that our new 90-80MB/s microSD card is built for extreme conditions and users will be able to capture all the memories they want on the card.”

The new cards aren’t just fast, they’re also very rugged and can withstand submersion in 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, offer MIL-STD-883H military standard shock resistance, X-ray protection from both sides, and can withstand temperatures up to 85°C.

Our test sample comes bundled with an SD card adapter, but the card can also be had without for those who don’t need it.

Specifications

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) with up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof
  • Compatible with microSDHC-SDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers; microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • SD adapter for full-size SDHC/SDXC uses in DSL-R or DSL-M cameras, 4K camcorders, and other devices
  • Lifetime warranty with free technical support
  • Capacities5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Card Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 1 mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24 x 32 x 2.1 mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V

PS Vita Memory Card Content Dumped

For the first time the content of a PS Vita memory card have been dumped and made publicly known. While this in itself doesn’t help to hack the Vita, it does open up for many more possibilities.

Sony uses a proprietary format for their memory cards, so they can’t just be read with any normal reader. The two people known as mr.gas and tomtomdu80 still managed to dump the content and though they haven’t posted the actual content, they have given sufficient proof that they’ve pulled it off.

It was expected that most of the content of the card would be encrypted, but according to mr.gas a surprising amount is not. After the announcement the well known Vita hacker Yifan Lu was quick to point out that the unencrypted data wouldn’t help much on any actual Vita hack.

This discovery could be the first step towards a 3rd party card reader for Vita memory cards that at the very least will allow for a much easier management of your cards then through CMA. It could allow for much easier backup and copy of cards as well as moving new data to them. It could even lead to simple modifications to the CMA from icon changes towards homebrews and other exploits.

It will be interesting to see where this leads and what they’ll manage to do with the new data in their hands.

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Transcend Introduces the CFast 2.0 CFX650/600 Memory Cards for 4K Video Recordings

Transcend has just announced its latest addition to its memory card series, the CFast 2.0 CFX650 and CFX600, designed specifically to meed professional high-end 4K cinematography needs. The company has split the two into different sections and needs, having the CFX650 card featuring the fastest transfer speeds while the CFX600 features the highest storage capacity.

The company states that the CFX650/600 feature the next generation CFast 2.0 specification, having support for SATA III interface. The CFX650 is stated to boast the most remarkable read and write speeds, having the values marked as being 510 MB/s for read and 370 MB/s for write. If speed is not an issue in the current line of work, then the CFX600 is said to provide the highest capacity in order to capture all required 4K videos without worrying about how much free space is left on the drive, having a storage space of up to 512GB.

Both the CFX650 and CFX600 have support for the latest cameras and camcorders, providing 4K UHD resolution support (3840 x 2160 pixels) which offers 4x the pixel resolution compared to a normal Full HD 1080p video recording. Thanks to this, the resulting shots will deliver more vivid images with a wide-range of nuances and details. Transcend has stated that the “memory cards are fast enough to record high-resolution videos and meet the demands of high-speed 4K video recording”, while also increasing “the workflow efficiency of the professional cinematographers shooting high-resolution Full HD and 4K UHD videos”. In addition to the latter, the CFX650/600 come with a built-in ECC technology, providing automatic error detection and correction of transfer errors, enhancing overall reliability.

Transcend is said to throw in a free download of the company’s exclusive RecoveRx photo recovery software to all CFX650/600 customers, allowing them to effectively recover accidentally deleted or lost files from Transcend storage and multimedia products.

In terms of pricing, Transcend is said to have priced the 128GB CFX650 memory card at $499 and the 250GB at $949, while the CFX600 is stated to have the 128GB version priced at $249, the 256GB at $499 and the 512GB at $949.

SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

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256 GB SDXC Memory Card Released By Green House

For people interested in having a lot of storage space available on your memory card, Green House has a brand new Class 10 SDXC UHS-1 card that might interest you. Imagine capturing lengthy full HD videos on your holiday or taking countless pictures without having the need to worry about how much free space you have.

Green House has launched a new SDXC memory card with a staggering 256 GB of MLC NAND flash memory that is designed for high-speed photography and lengthy HD video recording. The card also offers a Class 10 UHS-1 rating that can deliver read and write speeds of up to 78 MB/s and respectively 50 MB/s.

The Green House GH-SDXCUA256G SDXC memory card does not come cheap though, being priced at $497 / €367 / £307. However, it does include a “portable hard case” and a 3 year manufacturer warranty in the aforementioned price.

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SDXC UHS-I To Supports 4K Video Resolution

UHS speed Class 3 has been announced, which is a new high performance class that supports 4K video in its 4096 × 2160 (8.8-megapixel) resolution. The new class will be available for SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.

UHS speed class 3 defines a minimum of 30 Megabytes per second for high quality video and this should be enough even for large 4K video format files. The SD Association came up with UHS-I and UHS-II high performance bus interface that can support data transfer between SD memory card and device or up to 104 megabytes for UHS-I and 312 megabytes per second for UHS-II as a theoretical limit. Hoover, the actual speed will be much slower, but effective enough.

4K videos, live broadcasts and content can be recorded on high-performance devices such as Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR) cameras, Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (D-SLM) cameras, camcorders and video cameras and then played back smoothly. New devices offering the UHS Speed Class 3 will be backwards compatible and will work with existing SD memory cards.

The compatibility of UHS Speed class 3 cards with existing devices, but at lower speeds, is unsure at the moment. There has been a lot of talks about the SDXC cards working on some unsupported devices, however the odds are that they will not work unless specifically stated. More about speed/benefits can be found here and information about compatibility can be found here.

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