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Delkin, Hoodman and SanDisk introduce new CompactFlash, SDXC memory cards  
Monday, February 22, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
Delkin and Hoodman have recently introduced new high speed CompactFlash promising greater reliability, while SanDisk has taken the wraps off a 64GB SDXC card. Delkin's CombatFlash series is speed-rated at 625X, available in capacities up to 32GB and built to withstand extreme environmental conditions, while Hoodman's latest RAW CompactFlash is speed-rated at 675X, comes in capacities up to 16GB and utilizes enterprise-level flash memory. SanDisk's highest-capacity Secure Digital card to date is the new Ultra 64GB. It's also the company's first offering in the SDXC variant of this memory card format.

Delkin CombatFlash

Delkin's cleverly named new series of CompactFlash cards are speed rated at 625X and, says a press release, "are the only consumer card built to comply with MIL-STD-810, the extreme environmental testing conditions approved by the US Department of Defense."

Delkin CombatFlash cards are to ship at the end of March 2010 in the following capacities (price shown is U.S. manufacturers suggested list):
  • 4GB, US$84.99
  • 8GB, US$139.99
  • 16GB, US$209.99
  • 32GB, US$329.99
The company also recently introduced new 420X-rated CompactFlash PRO cards in capacities up to 64GB.

Hoodman RAW 675X

Hoodman has upped the speed rating of its RAW CompactFlash cards to 675X.

As before, the company uses enterprise-class flash memory in this card series and claims zero card failures reported by photographers since RAW CompactFlash was introduced over three years ago.

Hoodman RAW 675X CompactFlash is available now in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. Prices are US$89.99, US$179.99 and US$299.99, respectively, when purchased direct.

SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC

SanDisk's first foray into the new SDXC format is more about capacity than speed. The Ultra 64GB SDXC card has a 15MB/s speed rating and is built to comply with the SD 3.0 specification. SanDisk's Ultra 64GB card is SDXC, the newest variant of the Secure Digital card format, and requires that the host camera or card reader be SDXC compatible.

Few products released prior to 2010 are; Canon's upcoming EOS Rebel T2i/550D will be among the first digital SLR cameras with an SD slot to accept SDXC.

The SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC is beginning to ship now, at a MSRP of US$349.99.
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