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Toshiba claims upcoming 8GB, 16GB, 32GB SDHC to be "world's fastest"  
Thursday, September 2, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
With promised write speeds of up to 80MB/s and read speeds up to 95MB/s, the new Toshiba SDHC UHS-I memory cards, to be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, have been proclaimed by the company as the world's fastest.

Sprinters: The Toshiba 8GB, 16GB and 32GB SDHC UHS-I memory cards (Photo courtesy Toshiba)

The 32GB version is likely to ship first, with a press release stating that full production of this card commencing in November. Retail availability will follow sometime after that. The 8GB and 16GB cards are to go into full production starting in December.

Toshiba's line of UHS-I cards will be backwards-compatible with SDHC cameras, readers and other devices that don't support the new, fast bus interface. Though they'll work, it will be at a much slower speeds.

Toshiba has also announced microSDHC cards that support UHS-I.

More information is in the press release below. Also, see the article Panasonic to ship 8GB and 16GB SHDC with promised 60MB/s read speeds for some thoughts on whether UHS-I speediness is yet relevant to Canon and Nikon shooters.

Press Release

Toshiba 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

TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 fastest[2] 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 second[3], 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.

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