Transcend Newest UHS-II Class 3 SD Card Performs 285MB/S

If you need a memory card that performs better than most, then you should take a closer look at the UHS-II Class 3 SD Card that Transcend just announced. The Transcend SD2U3 memory card is UHS-II U3 compliant and featuring a maximum read speed of up to 285 MB/s along with a write speed of up to 180 MB/s thanks to being built with embedded MLC flash.

The memory card will be perfect for professional photographers shooting in RAW or JPEG images and videographers filming in Full HD, 4K or 3D videos. With a performance like that, you’re assured uninterrupted consecutive shooting and smooth playback. Transcend released two different capacities of the card, a 32GB and a 64GB model.

You will, of course, need a compatible device to achieve these high speeds that the new UHS-II bus standards with a UHS Speed Class rating of 3. Transcend’s RDF9 card reader would be one option here, at least on the PC side of things. Your camera also needs to support the fast memory card.

Transcend’s SD2U3 memory card is waterproof, static proof, X-ray proof, and shockproof, and it will work in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 85°C. It also comes with built-in Error Correcting Code (ECC) and the free Transcend RecoveRx software to recover lost files on the card. The cards are also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

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.

Microdia Tease 512GB MicroSD Card at Computex

If you thought that SanDisk had achieved something impressive with their 200GB microSD card, the world’s largest capacity microSD card, then you might need to rethink that statement as Microdia teased their upcoming 512GB Xstra Elite microSD card.

That is half a terabyte packed down into the size of a nail, that’s quite impressive. Microdia didn’t bring along any working samples though and only showed the packaging – so don’t get too excited yet.

I have to be honest, while this is possible, I have a hard time believing it and especially the promised July release date. With a release date so close, you’d think that they would bring along working cards – if not the final retail version then at least a prototype.

But let us assume that it’s real and take a look at the further specifications. The card promises transfer speeds up to 300MB/s thanks to the SD4.0 microSDXC U3 interface. The card won’t be cheap either and is strictly aimed at professional users. The street price is estimated to be around $1000 for one card, that’s $2 per GB.

Thanks to the SD specifications, the card is backwards compatible with older generation readers – but you need a newer one that can connect to the second row of pins on the card if you want to take advantage of the full speed.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information

Patriot Releases EP Pro microSDHC/SDXC 4K Capable Card

We see more and more devices each day capable of dealing with 4K resolution. More pixels means more storage and more bandwidth is needed and Patriot is ready with a new memory card for just this.

The new Patriot EP Pro microSDXC is a Class 10, UHS-I U3 card capable of a performance up to 95MB/s while reading and 80MB/s while writing.

This is plenty of speed for 4K video recording and thereby also HD and UHD resolutions, but it is equally great for continuous and burst image capturing with your high-end cameras. Action junkies tend to love to record their daring activities and the Patriot EP Pro is just as suited for use in Action-Cameras as it is in smartphones and tablets.

The EP Pro will be available in both 32GB (SDHC) and 64GB (SDXC) capacities so you don’t have to miss a moment and can capture new ones in the blink of an eye and store within seconds due to the EP Pro’s record response time. Users can also share their images and videos without delay by transferring stored data to their desktop, tablet or 4K TV and experience the record write speeds of the EP Pro microSDXC.

The new EP Pro microSDXC card should become available in July of 2015. Sadly no word on pricing yet besides the mentioning of ‘affordable’.

Samsung Unveils New and Faster PRO+ and EVO+ Memory Cards

Samsung might be moving away more and more away from the memory card usage in their smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that they are planning to give up on that market sector. They have just released two new versions of their EVO and PRO SD and microSD cards dubbed the plus series and coming with capacities up to 128GB.

The new memory cards follow the same scheme as the solid state drives with the Samsung EVO+ memory card being the budget version with slightly less speed but also a more affordable price tag. The EVO plus series of memory cards are U1 rated and can still perform with 80MB/s at reading and 20MB/s at writing. The EVO+ will be available as 32, 64 and 128GB variants.

The PRO plus line provides better transfer speeds, as it is to be expected. With 95MB/s at reading and 90MB/s at writing, this card is perfect for high-speed video recording, 4K photo shooting, 3D recordings, or anything else that requires a large data stream to be stored quickly. The PRO cards are faster than the EVO cards, but they aren’t as big. The new Samsung PRO plus memory cards will be available as 64GB and 32GB capacities.

Both series come with upgraded Samsung 5-proof features: Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, magnetic proof and shock proof. Plus cards can withstand 72 hours of being submerged in seawater, which is a 48-hour improvement over current products. The new cards should become available this month, but no word on pricing yet.

Transcend Unveils UHS-I Speed Class 3 MicroSD Cards for High-Speed Recordings

Transcend released the new SDXC/SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) 633x microSD memory cards. The new microSD cards are based on MLC NAND and can reach transfer speeds of up to 95MB per second while offering optimum protection and a capacity up to 64GB, ideal for recording with action cameras or other high-speed capture devices.

The write speeds don’t go as far as the read speeds, but still come in at a very impressive 85MB/s, and that’s the relevant item when recording. It should easily be enough for capturing smooth 3D or 4K content and easily deal with Full HD videos speed-shots. Older devices that don’t support the UHS-I specification are still compatible, and Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 card can still offer constant write speeds of at least 10MB/s.

There is a good chance that your device will give out long before the card does as it can operate at temperatures between -25°C to 85°C, it’s waterproof, static proof, x-ray proof and shock proof. It also comes with built-in error correcting code (ECC). Transcend also bundles the RecoveRx software with the card, allowing the user to easily rescue deleted files by searching the NAND.

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All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability and the UHS-I U3 (633X) microSD cards are offered in 32GB and 64GB capacities and carry Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

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

Asus Announced Xonar U3 External DAC

Shortly before Christmas, Asus announced the Xonar U3 external DAC. The U3 is the new little brother to the bigger U5 and the gaming-oriented U7 DACs and is desgned as a portable and compact solution.

The compact design brings some limitations along, most likely due to the limited amount of power that can a single USB port can deliver. The frequency response ranges from 20Hz to 20KHz at a sample rate of 48KHz and 16bit, a somewhat low setup for those who prefer high-quality uncompressed music. Looking from the other side, a portable solution like this will be a huge upgrade to almost any laptop or other portable computers.

The headphone amplifier has adjustable gain levels that can drive up to 150ohm headphones and headsets, which indeed is nice. The included DJ Mix tool and five pre-set audio modes all point towards the use of this DAC that must be creating podcasts while on the go.

While the specification might not impress everyone, the price of just £19.99 via Amazon might change those opinions. It’s a cheap and portable soundcard for people on the go that aren’t satisfied with their built-in solution.

Specifications

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise : 0.005% (-110dB)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Headphone impedance: Optimized for 32~150Ω
  • Interface: USB 1.1 or above bus compatible
  • Sample Rate and Resolution: Up to 48KHz @ 16bit
  • Connectivity: 1 x 3.5 mm jack analog out; 1 x 3.5 mm jack (Line-In/Mic-In combo); 1 x S/PDIF out (combo with analog out)
  • Operation system: Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32/64bit)
  • Karaoke functions: Music pitch-shifting, vocal cancellation, and microphone echo effects with stereo mix recording (Wave and Mic-in) for online Karaoke or online DJ applications

Thanks to ROG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ROG

Transcend Launches 256GB SDXC UHS-I Class 3 for 3D and 4K Video Recording

Transcend announced the launch of a 256GB capacity SDXC UHS-I card with full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification. The card is able to reach read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s respectively while giving you a lot of space for all your 3D, 4K and Full HD recordings.

The Transcend SDXC cards are now available starting from 64GB cards and moving up through the 128GB and now the 256GB has been added, a size to fit almost every usage scenario. All the cards ensure that your video won’t be cut off due to the exFAT support that won’t limit you to a maximum of 4GB file-size. While the max speed is rated to 95MB/s while reading, the guaranteed minimum speed when writing is what matters when recording digital video. The UHS-I Class 3 specification guarantees a minimum of 30MB/s, but Transcend’s new card can do double that with its 60MB/s write speeds. This is due to the use of top-quality MLC flash chips. The cards are also backward compatible as SD Speed Class 10 that ensures a constant speed of at least 10MB/s, easy enough for Full HD video recording.

For added value, Transcend’s exclusive RecoveRx software features a user-friendly interface that allows users to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased files that can be rescued; the files include digital photos, documents, music and videos. With just a few mouse clicks, users can easily recover virtually any type of digital files. Moreover, RecoveRx supports SD Card Formatting and Data Protection functions, providing the ultimate convenience to manage any memory card.

With Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty, the SDXC UHS-I U3 cards look to be a great investment. The MSRP is set to $49 for the 64GB, $109 for the 128GB, and $289 for the 256GB capacities and should be available now.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Transcend