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 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.

Toshiba Announces High-Speed Exceria Pro Memory Cards

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra might try to convince you that SD storage shouldn’t be in smartphones as it is a too slow medium, but I strongly disagree with this and I’m sure Toshiba does so too.

Toshiba just released the proof that slow speeds and memory cards don’t need to go hand in hand with their new EXCERIA Pro SD memory cards and EXCERIA microSD memory cards.

The new EXCERIA Pro SD cards are intended for high-speed and high-resolution image capturing from 4K video and high-speed DSLR shots. With read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds up to 240 MB/s, the EXCERIA Pro SD card can transfer files in a fraction of the time otherwise needed. The Pro SD card is available in four capacities with the largest being 128GB.

The EXCERIA microSD isn’t as fast as the PRO models, but still feature great read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. They are designed for action camera adventurers, videographers, phones and tablets where it will keep your memories safe thanks to being both waterproof and X-ray proof.

The EXCERIA microSD card only comes with capacities up to 64GB, but that’s still a big improvement on the built-in memory you find in most smartphones.

Both types of cards come backed by a 5-year warranty. The EXCERIA Pro starts at $99.99 for 16GB and goes up to $699.99 for the 128GB model. The EXCERIA microSD card starts at $59.99 for 16GB capacity and goes up to $179.99 for the 64GB card.

 

Patriot Announced UHS-II EP PRO-II SDXC Card

There aren’t that many manufacturers out there supporting the latest UHS-II standard and as such it’s nice to see Patriot joining the ranks with their newest SD card, the EP Pro-II SDXC card. The new high speeds cards make 4K UHD recording a breeze and prevents any lags in your recordings – because who wants that.

“The new EP PRO-II SDXC is the latest, highest-performing SD card available today, meeting the new SD 4.0 specifications and a growing demand for higher performance with faster speeds,” said Meng Jay Choo, Patriot’s Flash Product manager. “With its impressive transfer speeds and high definition capabilities, users never have to worry about missing that perfect moment or running low on storage space.”

The cards will be available from 16GB to 64GB capacities and support read and write speeds up to 280MB/s and 250MB/s. Of course, the cards are backwards compatible with SD 3.0 and SD 2.0 capable devices.

Patriot’s EP PRO-II SDXC cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2015 for an MSRP of $119.99 – $199.99.

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Lexar Announces New Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II Cards

Lexar announced the new Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones. The new cards come bundled with a highspeed USB3 card reader and the cards themselves can deliver transfer speeds up to 150MB/s.

These new cards are perfect for everything from HD, 3D and 4K photo and video capture, and also for aerial content recorded with drones and quad copters. The new cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities allowing for more than 15 hours HD video on the biggest version.

“As the many uses for microSD cards grow and evolve, we want to provide users with the best possible workflow solution,” said Adam Kaufman, director of memory card product marketing, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards allow users to enjoy the benefits of the latest UHS-II devices, while also performing at the maximum speed threshold of UHS-I devices, and provide exceptionally fast file transfer when used with the included reader. Whether it’s with a tablet, smartphone, or quadcopter, the new Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will capture and move content faster than ever before.”

The new cards are backwards compatible to older standards, but they won’t reach the same amazing speeds there. The release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015 and the attached MSRP will be $59.99 for the 32GB card, $109.99 for the 64GB card, and $189.99 for the 128GB sized card.

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Lexar Has Introduced Us to the World’s Fastest SD Card

Lexar has the determination to bring their customers the best and fastest storage options, and as such they have just released the worlds fastest SD card; the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card. To complete their portfolio, Lexar also introduced two other SD UHS-II products; the Professional 1000X SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card as well as a new Professional Workflow SR2 card reader that supports the high-speeds that these cards can perform.

“UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to our Lexar Professional product portfolio provide users the ability to capture and offload work even faster, so they can get back to what’s important–capturing great images and video,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “Our multi-line UHS-II product offering gets performance into the hands of any user at a great value and with the Professional 2000x card, it comes right out of the box.”

This is a card that you have to stop a moment at and just say “wow”. The Lexar Professional 2000x has no problem impressing anyone with its transfer speeds of up to 300 MB/s while reading up to 260MB/s while writing. That is very close to SSD speeds, and on a very tiny form factor. These cards will allow the user to capture 4K and 3D video with more frames than meets the eye, and of course anything below as well. Each Professional 2000x card comes with an included USB card reader that supports these speeds. The Professional 2000x card will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacity.

The little brother; the Professional 1000X, is aimed at photographers and videographers who want great performance at a more affordable price. While they aren’t as fast as the 2000x series, they still impress with speeds up to 150MB/s when reading and 95MB/s when writing. You’ll also get more size options on these cards, ranging from 16 GB all the way up to 256 GB.

To really complete the new UHS-II product portfolio, the Lexar Professional Workflow line has expanded to include the Professional Workflow SR2 reader; a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader. Other card readers available include Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hub modes for multiple cards. So there is something to fit the many specific, but still different needs of as many customers as possible.

Of course, both of these cards are backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, where they’ll either perform at UHS-I or Class 10 speed depending on their connection. The cards also include the latest version of the Image Rescue software and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

All three new products will be available in Q4 with MSRP’s on the Lexar Professional 2000x of £135.99 (64GB) and £77.99 (32GB). The Lexar Professional 1000x card has MSRP’s of £400.99 (256GB), £128.99 (128GB), £71.99 (64GB), £40.99 (32GB), and £23.99 (16GB), while the Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 reader has an MRSP of £22.99.

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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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