Pretec Releases P240 USB 3.0 Card Reader, 64GB SDXC Card and More

The Pretec P240 USB 3.0 card reader, which is compatible with SDXC, CF and other memory card formats, is looking to be available around August 2010. USB 3.0 (or SuperSpeed USB) is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices, but offers 10x improvement in speed with a 5Gbps signaling rate when tied to USB 3.0 connections on both ends.

Pretec’s new 64GB SDXC card is a Class 16 card is also set to start trickling out soon.  These products and more from Pretec will be featured at Computex Taipei, which starts today.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]


SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC Card

SanDisk 64GB SDXC

SanDisk has announced its new Ultra 64GB SDXC card.  The Ultra-series card has a write speed of 9Mbps and a read speed of 15MB/s, which makes it properly suited for SDXC compatible video cameras.

The SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC card carries an initial retail price of $349.99 and should be available immediately.  Check availability on

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SDXC Cards – What the New Format Means to Photographers

The SDXC card specification has been announced for more than a year now.  However, it’s only now that we are starting to see products supporting this new specification.  There are a few important things to note about SDXC cards and how they fit into photographers’ gear bags.

The SDXC specification comes from the SD Association, which is an industry standards organization founded by Panasonic, SanDisk and Toshiba in 2000.   If a manufacturer is going to use SD technology in product, they have to license the right to use that technology from the SD Association. Most, if not all, of the major camera manufacturers are members of the SD Association and license the patents and other intellectual property necessary for developing SD-compatible cameras and memory cards.

There are a number of different specifications that the SD Association has developed over the past decade, including SD, miniSD, microSD, SDHC, miniSDHC, microSDHC and SDXC, among others.  Each specification has its own limitations or capabilities.  For instance, the original SD specification offered storage only up to 2GB.  When SDHC came along, it took the capacity up to 32GB.  The latest specification, SDXC, offers storage capacities up to 2TB. [Read more…]

Panasonic Introduces SDXC 64GB and 48GB Cards

Panasonic SDXC

Panasonic introduced new SDXC cards in 64GB and 48GB capacities at CES 2010.

SDXC cards are a new standard from the SD Association that allows for capacities ranging from 64GB to 2TB.  SDXC cards also have a speed advantage over the SDHC format.  The SDXC format has a theoretical speed of 104MB/s to potentially 300MB/s in the future.

It is important to note that SDXC cards are not compatible with camera models that are not specifically designed with the SDXC format in mind.

The Panasonic 64GB SDXC card carries an initial retail price of $599.95, while the 48GB SDXC card has an initial retail price of $449.95.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]