Kingston preps 64GB SD card, external USB 3.0 SSD

COMPUTEX — At a small press conference in a Taipei hotel this morning, Kingston showed us two new storage devices: a 64GB flash card based on the SDXC standard, and an external solid-state drive with USB 3.0 connectivity.

The SDXC card won’t be backward-compatible with SD and SHDC devices, and it will use Microsoft’s exFAT file system, so software support outside Windows may be limited, too. That said, the 64GB capacity is double the maximum allowed by the SHDC standard, and performance doesn’t sound half bad: 60MB/s for reads and 35MB/s for writes. Kingston says SDXC actually enables speeds of up to 104MB/s now, and that number will rise to 300MB/s in the future.

The Kingston SD10A/64GB card will be available in one to two weeks. Expect a price tag around $499.

Next up: the USB 3.0 HyperX SSD, which will arrive in August in 64, 128, and 256GB capacities. This product will be backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, but you will need USB 3.0 to reach the top rated sequential speeds (195MB/s for reads and 160MBs for writes). The device you see above is actually a prototype—Kingston is still toying with the idea of an all-aluminum casing, as opposed to the current mix of aluminum and plastic.

By the way, just like OCZ’s Enyo, the Kingston prototype has a slim USB 3.0 connector, not a regular-size one.

Update: Kingston tells us the slim connector is a requirement to maintain backward compatibility with USB 2.0.

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    • wira020
    • 11 years ago

    So the SDXC wont work in the usual SD port used today?.. Need a special adapter or something?..

    I cant even afford an SSD for internal storage, now they’re making it external.. hmm…

    • BooTs
    • 11 years ago

    I wish I had a TR business card.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      I got one from Adam with my prize from the 10th anniversary giveaway. I framed it. :p

    • porov
    • 11 years ago

    this is the future guys. expect hard drives to be replaced by this things in a few years.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      And you’re going to be replaced by a robot! And then we can all replace work with beer and sit on our porches drinking and throw replaced iPads at hoodlums street racing in their hypersonic anti-gravity mobiles powered by anti-black holes. This is also the future.

        • khands
        • 11 years ago

        Huh, would that be a light hole?

        • Farting Bob
        • 11 years ago

        Speaking of which, we only have 5 years to develop (pink, naturally) hoverboards. Back to the Future had hoverboards in 2015, and if science fails us on this one i’m not going to be happy.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Hmm so what’s so special about a USB 3.0 ‘SSD’ versus a USB 3.0 thumb drive or other simple flash storage? Are the speeds really that much higher, or are high-speed simple devices effectively SSDs in all but name?

      • danazar
      • 11 years ago

      I think the difference is that these things are physically larger, which allows for more physical memory modules, creating both greater storage capacity and faster read/write speed. Smaller “thumb drives” use fewer, slower chips and slower memory controllers for the most part.

      Eventually we’ll reach a day where you can build something with this speed and capacity into a thumb drive size device, but we’re not there yet.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      Even if they manage to read at a decent speed, the thumb drives are comparatively very slow at writing. They don’t have the over 9,000 channels of actual SSDs.

        • dragunkat
        • 11 years ago

        *obligatory “It’s over 9000!” post*

    • Jambe
    • 11 years ago


    More of this type of thing (USB 3.0 SSD, that is). I’ll be a lot more excited about higher-capacity SD when available products adopt the new spec (is that just a software thing, or what?).

    • FireGryphon
    • 11 years ago

    In a world where there are so many competing operating systems, this seems like too much of a design win for a Windows-only device.

    F1r57 P057!

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