A new announcement from the SD Association reveals the maximum capacity SD cards can store is to jump from 2 TB to a whopping 128 TB thanks to a new SD Express standard. Select cards will also run with a maximum transfer speed rate of 985 MB/s.
The new SD Ultra Capacity (SDUC) card will be able to store 64 times what its predecessor was able to. SD Express has increased the maximum data transfer rate from 624 MB/s for UHS-III to 985 MB/s after adding the PCI Express and NVMe interfaces.
The move could be inspired by competition from mobile phone photography, with the need for faster data processing required in order to keep up with mobile computing. Hiroyuki Sakamoto, president of the SDA, compared the cards to being like a “removable SSD.” SD Express will first be offered in SDUC, SDXC and SDHC memory cards.
Mats Larsson, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource, said:
SD Express’ use of popular PCIe and NVMe interfaces to deliver faster transfer speeds is a savvy choice since both protocols are widely used in the industry today and creates a compelling choice for devices of all types. The SD Association has a robust ecosystem with a strong history of integrating SD innovations and has earned the trust of consumers around the world.
Representing a significant increase in speed and capacity capabilities, the new cards will make a huge difference not only for photographers who deal with ultra-high res imagery, but also for videographers shooting 8K footage.
The release date of SDUC Express cards has yet to be announced.
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