Post-Computex 2010: Kingston unveils
64GB SDXC Card, HyperX SSD & More
Although Kingston didn't have a booth at this year's Computex Taipei event, the company did announce a handful of very interesting products prior to and during the exhibition. As one would expect from the industry's dominant third-party memory manufacturer, Kingston did unveil some interesting new DRAM modules in the form of the new budget-friendly HyperX Blu series and the fastest Intel-certified triple-channel DDR3 memory kits on the market, but the real exciting products were in areas where Kingston is now looking to expand, namely NAND-based portable storage media. Read on! Article Index: Page 1:
64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card Page 2:
USB 3.0 HyperX External SSD Page 3:
HyperX blu Series Dual-Channel Memory Kits Page 4:
HyperX DDR3-2250/2333 Triple-Channel Memory Kits Page 5:
HyperX DDR3-2544 - New Memory Frequency World Record
SD10A/64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card
Joining the likes of Panasonic and Toshiba, Kingston have announced their new 64GB SDXC memory card, known as the SD10A/64GB. SDXC stands for Secure Digital eXtended Capacity, which is the new standard from the Secure Digital Association (SDA), and paves the way for SD cards up to 2TB. Increased capacities are one of the big benefits of SDXC, but the other is substantially higher data transfer rates. The Ultra-High Speed Bus 1 (UHS-1) is designed to reach speeds up to a 104MB/sec. right now, and up to 300MB/sec. in the coming future.
Featuring read speeds up to 60MB/sec., write speeds up to 35MB/sec., and a minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/sec, the Kingston SD10A/64GB card qualifies for UHS-1 Class 10 classification. This is something you have to pay attention to if you really want to realize the full potential of your high-end digital camera or high-definition camcorder since many SDXC cards are only Class 4 and top out at a meager 15MB/sec.
As with all Kingston's Compact Flash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), and Micro SD products, this new SDXC memory card features an unmatched lifetime warranty. This 64GB memory card will be available worldwide by the end of June and has a suggested retail price of $499.00 USD. This is a flagship product, so it is understandably pricey in the eyes of most consumers, but if you take your media creation seriously this is definitely something that might be worth looking into.
Keep in mind that SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC and standard SD-enabled devices/readers since SDXC utilizes the new exFAT file system (the previous FAT 32 format didn't support above 32GB). You also need one of the following operating systems that supports this new file system, namely Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later) with the exFAT update.
Now onto another storage device that should interest a much broader segment of PC users...