Sandisk announces UHS technology for SDHC cards

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.

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