Kingston Releases 64GB SDXC Card, Costs More Than Camera

Kingston has just launched a 64GB Class 10 SDXC card that touts a 60MB/s read speed and a 35MB/s write speed.  The new card carries a rather steep retail price tag of $499.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with using two 32GB cards until the price comes down a bit.

You can read up on all the specs of the new SDXC card in the press release below.

Kingston Digital Releases 64GB SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card

Next Generation SD Card Allows Larger Capacities, Ultra-Fast Data Transfer Rates

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ — COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2010 — Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping a 64GB SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 memory card (Kingston® part #: SD10A/64GB). SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) is the next standard from the Secure Digital Association (SDA) for SD cards with storage ranging from more than 32GB up to 2TB.

SDXC cards, in addition to larger capacities allow for exponentially faster data transfer rates while maintaining the popular SD form factor. The Kingston SDXC card is compliant with the SDA Memory Card Standard Version 3.01, UHS-1. UHS-1 stands for Ultra-High Speed Bus 1 which is the new architecture of SDXC cards designed to reach speeds up to a maximum transfer rate of 104MB/sec., and 300MB/sec. in the future. SDXC cards utilize the exFAT file system and are not backwards compatible with SDHC or SD cards. Kingston’s offering has read speeds up to 60MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 35MB/sec., placing it among the fastest available on the market today.

“Kingston is proud to bring an SDXC card to market that helps users of compatible high-end digital cameras and camcorders realize the full potential of their equipment. The SDXC card allows continuous high-speed burst shooting in RAW format and hours of hi-def recording,” said Wendy Lecot, Flash card business manager, Kingston. “Adding the new SDXC card to our portfolio of Flash products paves the way for our network of resellers to meet market demand for photo and video applications as well as future generations of consumer products.”

New camera and camcorder introductions (such as Canon and Panasonic) are evolving their designs to include SDXC slots but only a handful of devices are on the market today. Other consumer electronic product roadmaps will also start to include support for SDXC. Among the more popular devices that will benefit from additional fast storage are HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, navigation devices, mobile phones and computers. Kingston’s 19-in-1 Media Reader (Kingston part#: FCR-HS219/1) is compatible with SDXC cards when connected to a PC with an operating system supports exFAT.

The Kingston SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 will be available worldwide at the end of June and has a suggested retail price of $499.00 (U.S. MSRP). It is covered by a lifetime warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability. For more product information visit www.kingston.com. For information on SDXC card compatibility visit www.sdcard.org/consumers/using_sdxc/.

Kingston SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 Features/Specifications:

* Capacity*: 64GB**†
* Dimensions: 0.94″ x 1.26″ x 0.08″ (24mm X 32mm X 2.1mm)
* Weight: 0.09 ozs (2.5 g)
* Speed: 10 MB/sec minimum data transfer rate (Class 10); up to 60MB/sec. read and 35MB/sec. write rate
* Bus Mode: Version 1, UHS104, up to 104MB/sec
* Operating Temperature: -13 degrees F to 185 degrees F (-25 degrees C to 85 degrees C)
* Storage Temperature: -40 degrees F to 185 degrees F (-40 degrees C to 85 degrees C)
* Voltage: 3.3v
* Compliant: with the SD Card Association card 3.01 specification
* Copy Protection: Support for CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media)
* Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
* Compatible: with SDXC host devices; not compatible with SDHC and standard SD-enabled devices/readers
* File System: exFAT
* Reliable: lifetime warranty
* Operating System Support: Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1 or later), Windows XP (SP2 or later) with exFAT update

*Contact your PC manufacturer to confirm the SD slot on your PC is compatible with SDXC cards and for availability of the SDXC driver. SDXC compatible driver for the SD slot can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center website.

**64GB cards may require updated device drivers. Consult the device documentation for requirements.

† Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Flash_Memory_Guide.

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