Western Digital has unveiled the first prototype of an SDXC memory card with a 1TB capacity.
The Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-1 1TB was shown at the Photokina 2016 photography trade show, and is the first to break through the glass ceiling of 1TB.
The new device is marketed under the SanDisk brand, which was bought by Western Digital last year, and is not ready for primetime yet. But the company demonstrated a 512GB card two years ago, so it's just a matter of time.
Western Digital uses proprietary technology, which it doesn't detail, to make the jump to 'almost' double the capacity, which suggests that the firm is using the 1,000GB point, rather than the older 1,024GB definition.
“Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management for Western Digital's Content Solutions Business Unit.
“Over the years our goal has remained the same: continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications, such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, progress at astounding rates.”
There is currently no hint as to availability and prices for the card, but the fact that it has been created to the point of a working demonstration suggests that we can probably expect to see it sometime next year.
1TB flash memory has been largely limited, thus far, to 2.5in SATA and SAS devices, so the arrival of something in a pocket form factor represents a giant leap forward, allowing for use in cameras and videography equipment that will capture footage in newer, high definition form factors, such as 4K or even 8K, at 30 or 60 frames per second.
This would theoretically put professional film making even closer to the hands of the man in the street, but that all rather depends on the price.
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