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Toshiba and Panasonic introduce fast SDHC UHS-I cards

Toshiba and Panasonic have both announced the new SDHC UHS-I memory cards, to date the world's first memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, with a maximum read speed of 95MB per second, and a write speed of 80MB per second. The new memory cards will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions and will be featured at the IFA and PHOTOKINA show.
Panasonic is to introduce an 8GB and 16GB version of these fast UHS-I Memory Cards that are planned to be available from November...
All about the SDHC-UHS-I cards at the SD Association websiteTOSHIBA TO LAUNCH THE WORLD'S FASTEST SDHC MEMORY CARD

New SDHC UHS-I Cards are First to Achieve Read/Write Speeds up to 95MB/s and 80MB/s
New microSDHC UHS-I Cards are First to Achieve Read/Write speeds of 40MB/s and 20MB/s

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. and its parent company Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502), a leading innovator in NAND flash memory technologies and solutions, today announced the launch of 8GB (gigabyte)1 16GB and 32GB SDHC UHS-I cards compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 3.0 (SD 3.0), UHS104. These new SD cards offer the world's fastest2 SDHC data read and write speeds. Toshiba also extended its industry leadership in memory card solutions by unveiling the world's first 4GB, 8GB and 16GB microSDHC UHS-I cards compliant with (SD 3.0), UHS50. Mass production of the new SDHC UHS-I cards and sample shipments of the new microSDHC UHS-I cards will start this November.

The new SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards are the world's first memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS104. With a maximum read speed of 95MB per second3, and a write speed of 80MB per second, the products introduce a new level of ultra-fast read and write speeds to NAND flash based memory cards.

Toshiba's new microSDHC UHS-I cards are the world's first microSDHC memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS50. They, too, offer the world's fastest read and write speeds in their class: a maximum read speed of 40MB per second and a write speed of 20MB per second.

The specifications of the new cards combine increased data capacity with the fast data transfer rates essential for applications such as high speed continuous shooting of high resolution digital still cameras, video, and high speed transfers of HD content.

The high performance specifications announced by Toshiba will enable developers to use HD content in future generations of consumer products. By further enhancing the performance of its SD Memory Card line-up, Toshiba continues to lead the NAND flash memory market in removable card storage.

The expanded new card series will be featured at IFA 2010, in Berlin, Germany from September 3, and PHOTOKINA 2010, in Koln, Germany from September 21.


Panasonic announced today its newest 8GB*1 and 16GB SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards – the RP-SDY08G and RP-SDY16G. UHS-I is the new standard for higher-speed Bus interface defined by the SD Association as part of the SD Memory Card Specification Ver.3.01, which provides up to 104MB/s performance. Both memory cards have maximum data transfer speed of up to 60MB/s*2 and Class10 speed specification.

With the higher reading speed of up to 60MB/s, the 8GB and 16GB Memory Cards can transfer data to a PC more than two times faster than Panasonic's current Memory Cards. *3 These also offer stable writing performance with Class 10 speed specification, ensuring highly-reliable 3D and full HD video recording.

Like the current Gold model memory cards from Panasonic, the RP-SDY08G and RP-SDY16G both incorporate Super Intelligent Controller (SICS), which is designed for high-level data protection. The Power Failure Protection function automatically retrieves data when power suddenly fails and preserves important data. This high power failure protection is certified by TÜV Rheinland, by passing their power on-off test*4. More than ten times longer archival life has been achieved by the Refresh function. The Super Intelligent Controller automatically cleans up accumulated errors, extending card life. Also, Smart Data Writing equalizes the rewrite frequency on each writing area of the card to prevent rewriting in a specific area, thereby minimizing the defect risk of the card.

Both the RP-SDY08G and RP-SDY16G Memory Card models will be available from November, 2010.

*1 1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Usable capacity will be less.
*2 Under UHS-I bus interface(SDR104 speed mode).
*3 Theoretical figure. Actual speed depends on devices and conditions.
*4 For details of the test, please visit and enter the ID-No.0000023932 into the search field.

Additional information: All about the SDHC-UHS-I cards at the SD Association website
September 5, 2010
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