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WD launches world’s fastest flash memory card

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Western Digital released the world’s fastest UHS-I flash memory card, the 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card.

The new microSD card is designed to help consumers move their content faster. At 160MB/s, the new card is over 50% faster than current SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD cards, using Western Digital’s proprietary technology. It will also feature the A2 specification to help launch and load apps quickly.

“Consumers expect an increasingly better mobile experience and with our 3D NAND technology, we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to let them create and enjoy more rich content on their devices,” said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager, client solutions, Western Digital. “The breakthrough SanDisk microSD card is evidence of Western Digital’s commitment to deliver more advanced solutions that enable data to thrive.”

Western Digital also showcased the future of flash memory cards with a demonstration of its PCIe-enabled SD card. PCIe technology can 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 are traditionally used in high-performance data centre systems where the single-lane PCIe Gen 3.0 standard specifications denote speeds of up to 985MB/s.

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