MICRON AND WESTERN DIGITAL share honours with the launch of the first 1TB microSD cards, at a time when many companies haven't gone above 128GB.
The Micron card is available for preview at MWC, offering a full terabyte of A2 grade storage with V30 certification, meaning that it is suitable for anything from drones to dongles, and supporting 4K video thanks to an up to 100MB/s read-write rate.
It will go on sale in Q2, at an "affordable price point", though the decision is yet to be taken over whether it will be marketed under the Crucial or Micron parent brand.
The few companies who had dabbled in 512GB were largely only offering the lower V10 standard, making the cards on show at MWC a quantum leap in SD terms. However, neither supports the lightning transfer speeds announced yesterday by the SD Association, of which more later.
Western Digital, meanwhile, has announced a Sandisk branded UHS-1 card in both 512GB and 1TB capacities. This one is even faster - reaching speeds up to 160mb/s with A2/V30.
The US pricing for this one has been announced at $449.99 ($199.99 for the 512GB) and is slated for an April release.
Both these products could pale into insignificance once the new standard announced yesterday by the SD Association comes into play.
The SD Express standard, part of the wider SD 7.1 strategy, announced at the show will deliver read speeds of up to 985MB/s - nearly ten times faster than the top-out speed of current cards.
But before you get excited, that's a standard rather than a product, so don't expect it to be available any time soon. But the big question is backwards compatibility - to which the answer is yes, if you put an Express card into an older device, it will work as a normal legacy SD card. Hooray!
We had a chat with Micron at MWC and we'll bring you more on that soon. μ
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