The future of flash memory card technology unveiled at MWC

1st March 2018
Posted By : Alice Matthews
The future of flash memory card technology unveiled at MWC


At Mobile World Congress, Western Digital released what it claims to be the world’s fastest UHS-I flash memory card, the 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card, and demonstrated the future of flash memory card technology with Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe)-enabled cards, designed to deliver the performance required for the next wave of data and content-intensive applications.

The company’s new 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD card is designed to help consumers move their high-quality content faster than ever. According to Western Digital, at 160MB/s the new card is more than 50% faster than current SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD cards. The card is able to reach this speed by leveraging Western Digital proprietary technology. The card will also feature the A2 specification to help launch and load apps at supposedly blazing speeds.

“Consumers expect an increasingly better mobile experience, and with our 3D NAND technology, we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to enable them to create and enjoy more rich content on their devices. Our expertise in flash memory and microSD card electronics enables us to achieve unmatched performance. The breakthrough SanDisk microSD card is evidence of Western Digital’s commitment to delivering more advanced solutions that enable data to thrive,” said Jim Welsh, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Client Solutions, Western Digital.

Western Digital also showcased a new platform to enable the future of flash memory cards with a demonstration of its PCIe-enabled SD card. In anticipation of the next-gen of high-performance mobile computing requirements, implementing PCIe technology will deliver the ability to read data files faster than today’s platform.

Through Western Digital’s portfolio, this technology can now be demonstrated to boost the 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. PCIe has traditionally been reserved for use in high-performance data centre systems, where the single-lane PCIe Gen 3.0 standard specifications denote capabilities of achieving speeds of up to 985MB/s.


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