WD launches faster 400GB SD cards, shows PCIe implementation

Hold a ton of storage on your finger.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET

Sure, storage isn't ever going to be a sexy thing, but this card - 400 gigs of storage with even faster speed in the same physical dimensions as the original 32 megabyte released in 2015 - is what pure technology progress really looks.

How Much is the 400GB SanDisk Extreme A2 microSD UHS-1 microSDXC?

Western Digital has all of that in mind when it launched the 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card at the MWC 2018, which is purportedly the fastest UHS-I microSD card that can be had today.

The card promises to be super durable but be careful of those metal contacts just the same.                  Andrew Hoyle  CNET
The card promises to be super durable but be careful of those metal contacts just the same. Andrew Hoyle CNET

At a blazing fast 160MB/s it is 50% faster than the current Extreme UHS-I MicroSD cards, they say this is due to leveraging Wester Digital proprietary technology, though I am a quite a bit curious exactly how that works. SanDisk managed to increase UHS-I speeds using parent Western Digital's 3D NAND tech, it said.

To protect against data loss, the card also gives the owner a copy of RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery software.

WD also revealed what it says is the future of flash memory cards, demonstrating its new PCIe-enabled SD card. This specification was introduced to deal with app installations in memory cards in a better manner. Western Digital Corporation is doing just that with the new industry-leading solution that enables consumers to store and consume more data conveniently. It's shockproof, waterproof, X-ray-proof, and can operate in a wide temperature range, from from a frigid 13 degrees Fahrenheit up to a burning 185 Fahrenheit. Its largest capacity card, the 400GB Ultra MicroSD, is now down to $189.99. Our expertise in flash memory and microSD card electronics enables us to achieve unmatched performance. The company is gearing up to infuse the same technology to boost the ultimate performance of SD cards. These speeds are essential for high-resolution content applications such as super-slow-motion video, RAW continuous burst mode and 8K video capture and playback.

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