Toshiba to launch world's largest and fastest SD card

Toshiba has announced it will be launching a 64GB SDXC card, which they claim will be the world's fastest and largest SD card. The card boasts write speeds of 35MB per second and read speeds of 60MB per second, and is compliant with the latest SD memory standard. In addition to the 64GB SDXC, Toshiba also announced they would be releasing two more storage cards: a 32GB SDHC card and a 16GB SDHC card – and importantly, both offer the same speeds as the 64GB SDXC.

The new cards are compliant with the new SD memory standard, version 3.00, UHS 400, which bumps up the maximum read speed to 60MB per second, and the maximum write speed to 35MB per second. In addition, the new SDXC memory card specification supports a maximum card capacity of 2TB, carrying on from the 32GB maximum capacity that the SDHC specification supports.

The 64GB SDXC card from Toshiba will be in mass production early next year, but samples should be shipped in November. The 16GB and 32GB SDHC cards won't be in mass production until next spring either, but samples will be sent out in November and December respectively.

SD cards have become more popular over the years, and are now commonly used in digital cameras, MP3 players, as well as mobile phones and some digital camcorders. Although Toshiba's first SDXC card is still months away from the shelves, with no price announced, it is surely a sign of bigger things to come in the distant future.

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on the SD cards it is clearly written that the write speed is 35 MB/sec, yet the article states "the card boasts write speeds of 32MB per second." Is that a typo in the article?

so i guess this speed would be class 7,8 considering class 6 is about 2omb/s?

or is sd version 3.0 going to have its own rating system?

I assuming that they will be unofficially supported on existing devices, but nonetheless the capacity will be accessible. You will most likely not benefit from the upgraded transfer speeds.

This is why Toshiba's HD DVD should have been given preference over Sony's stupid Blu Ray! They are just better at the tech than sony ever will be.. Other than TV's ofcourse :P

majortom1981 said,
i dont know my toshiba hd crt tv is great and still going strong lol

I had a Sony HD CRT that worked extremely well. Gave it to a friend. 3 years and still ticking. I have a Sony HD LCD that I love right now.

dimithrak said,
This is why Toshiba's HD DVD should have been given preference over Sony's stupid Blu Ray! They are just better at the tech than sony ever will be.

Fully agree. BluRay is junk, which is why I won't be getting any of them.

Wow, this is very impressive. I wonder if my digital camera will release a firmware update to support this new standard... Probably not, but I can't fill what I have now, so I don't know what I would do with a card this big anyhow. I'm sure lots of people would find uses for it though.

neoxphuse said,
Probbably not. They will keep trying to double it, but highly doubt it will ever reach 2tb.

Dont say never...it will be possible. Probably in like 20 years they will have 2tb where this topic will seem extremely small (16gb? thats TINNYY!!! lol)

Every couple of years now, it seems technology jumps very drastically. They already have the 256gb flash drive...in a couple of years that will be 2tb. Guaranteed.

If you've been in the computer world for any length of time you'd know better than to say they will never have these in sizes exceeding 2TB. Very naive...
That goes to lee26 as well.

. . .on the average at this point stuff in the electronic world doubles every one to two years. So there is a good chance by the time this hits the market they will be on the edge of putting out a 128 gig SD card running the same speeds or just a bit higher.

neoxphuse said,
Probbably not. They will keep trying to double it, but highly doubt it will ever reach 2tb.

2x64=128gb
2x128gb=256gb
2x256gb=512gb
2x512gb=1tb
2x1024tb=2tb

5 moore laws away (18 months), so almost 8 years.

640kb enough for anyone?

I've been wondering when the 64GB cards would be available. Time to find a new digital camera that has the 3.00 SD memory standard in it! Mine bit the dust anyway....

If they can get cards this big (memory wise), and this small (physically), why cant they put much more space on the ipods/zunes? Is it just limited to price?

lee26 said,
I highly doubt that will ever happen.

At least not in my lifetime.

You're joking, right? We've still got a few years (Maybe 2 or 3) of just conventional shrink gains, plus we can stack layers, maybe 8 high...

We'll see 2TB in something this size.

We'll have to move away from NAND flash shortly after that, I'd guess, though.

dead.cell said,
Sounds like you don't have very long to live. I'm sorry.

I read this while drinking water... you owe me a new keyboard.

CarlJ said,
I read this while drinking water... you owe me a new keyboard.


ROFL genius hahahaha it's right though tb NAND storage will be available I'd say next 5-7 years

dead.cell said,
Sounds like you don't have very long to live. I'm sorry.

It's not his fault if he has some terminal disease and only little time left.