Sandisk announces UHS technology for SDHC cards. So what’s UHS? UHS stands for Ultra High Speed. These newest SDHC cards from Sandisk are capable of data transfer rates of 45MB/sec. This is a 50% increase in speed from the previous top of the line cards which had a maximum transfer rating of 30MB/Sec. These cards were developed to meet the latest demand from consumers using cameras with high mega pixel count and HD video. From the Press Release:
Milpitas, Calif., January 17, 2011 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today introduced the SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ SDHC™ UHS-I card. The card features Ultra High Speed (UHS) technology from the newly released SD 3.0 specification and achieves up to 45MB/sec* read and write performance with long-term reliability by distributing data rapidly and efficiently using SanDisk’s proprietary Power Core™ Controller.
The UHS capability is not a “given” however. The cards will only perform up to their max specification if the camera being used is UHS compatible. The press release gives the Nikon D7000 as an example of a camera that is UHS ready. Don’t fret however, if your camera is not ready for UHS. For most newer cameras, this will most likely be made available via a firmware update. These cards will be available in storage capacities of 8GB to 32GB with a suggested prirce range of $110 to $350 USD. You can the full press release here.