Toshiba to Launch the World's Fastest SDHC Memory Card

Berlin, Germany, September 2 — Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502), a leading innovator in NAND flash memory technologies and solutions, today announced the launch of 8 gigabyte (GB), 16GB and 32GB SDHC UHS-I Cards, all compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 3.0 (SD 3.0), UHS 104, that deliver the world’s fastest[1] data read and write speeds[2]. Toshiba also extended its industry leadership in memory card solutions by unveiling the world’s first microSDHC UHS-I Cards delivering 4GB, 8GB and16GB capacities.

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 Cards are the world’s first memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS104, and introduce a new level of ultra-fast read and write speeds to NAND flash based memory cards: a maximum read speed of 95MB per sec, and a write speed of 80MB per sec.

The new microSDHC UHS-I Cards are the world’s first microSDHC memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS50, and they also offer the world’s fastest read and write speeds in their class: a maximum read speed of 40MB per sec and a write speed of 20MB per sec.

Image shooting and sharing applications continue to grow in popularity, spurring demand for storage devices and applications that can capture high quality images and videos. The new SD 3.0 specifications meet strong demand in the SD card market and combine increased data capacity with the fast data transfer rates essential for such applications as burst shooting with digital single lens reflex cameras and other advanced digital still cameras, HD digital camcorders, and high speed transfers of data between hardware.

The high level specs and wide range of cards announced by Toshiba will support developers in bringing exciting applications to future generations of consumer products. By further enhancing its SD Memory Card line-ups with products offering larger capacities and higher data transfer speeds, Toshiba will continue to meet market demand, and to lead the NAND flash memory market.

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