SanDisk unveils prototype 1TB SD card

Way, way back in the year 2000, when the first 64MB SD card was still a new piece of tech, having so much memory in such a small space was tough for us to wrap our heads around. An Amazon review from the time said that "the first thing that you'll do when you see this thing is wonder how the manufacturer could pack 64MB of space on something so small." The reviewer marveled at the size, assuring the wide-eyed reader that the hardware wasn't a big floppy disk, as the close-up picture could've been considered misleading.

It's a different world now, but SanDisk is still working to pack more and more memory into those tiny cards, and this week unveiled a prototype 1TB SDXC card. And we're still wondering how SanDisk is packing so much space on something so small.

The biggest recent advancement in small storage came two years ago when SanDisk debuted the 512GB SDXC card, which still fetches a cool $345 over at Amazon.

4K video is only getting more and more popular among consumers, and recording video at a resolution like that requires a staggering amount of storage that needs to be accessed at high speeds. There isn't much out there that asks as much of a memory card. SanDisk is promising that the card will be able to fill the needs of those creating content at 4K and 8K resolution alike, not to mention 360-degree video.

Because the card is just a prototype right now, there isn't a price available, or even a release date. But it should give anyone playing with UHD video—or using it professionally—something to look forward to. 

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    • Misel
    • 3 years ago

    The Amazon review links to a SmartMedia card though.

    [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SmartMedia[/url<] [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital[/url<]

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    Pocket p0rn collection

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      It’s not so easy to hoard 1 TB of quality content — unless you produce it yourself, of course.

    • brucethemoose
    • 3 years ago

    A 200GB microsd card is still more dense, right?

    • caconym
    • 3 years ago

    The 256 GB card I keep in my Thinkpad still feels faintly miraculous. Given current pricing on 512’s, an even terabyte would probably have as much resale value as the rest of the computer, if not more. I wouldn’t eject it in public (with apologies to Monty Python).

    • smilingcrow
    • 3 years ago

    “4K video is only getting more and more popular among consumers, and recording video at a resolution like that requires a staggering amount of storage that needs to be accessed at high speeds.”

    Most consumer gear is recording 4K video at 100Mbs or less with 150Mbs being rare; the high end of prosumer gear may go higher but that’s rarefied air.
    So 150Mbs is less than 20MBs which is low end these days for SDXC cards.
    It also equates to 66GB per hour so a 1TB card is giving you >15 hours which is overkill. Save your money and buy 128 to 256GB cards unless you have to record continuously for 8+ hours on your Andy Warhol inspired masterpiece.

    I see 1TB cards as useful for certain cases but very niche at the expected pricing.

      • Vhalidictes
      • 3 years ago

      Ugh. High bitrate video files are death. “Let’s see how much space we can waste!”

      I know someone that makes sure his 1960’s classic Anime are 4K Blu-ray encoded. Astro-boy at 1.2GB per file. You can see every bit of static from the original OTA source.

      What a waste.

      • Tumbleweed
      • 3 years ago

      SD card speed ratings are a confusing mess of numbers. The number you most often see is not a sustained rate. What you want to know is the _minimum_ sustained rate, which is quite lower, and what you need so as to not miss any frames when recording. For that, you want the high-end SDXC cards, like SanDisk’s “Extreme Pro” line, or better. UHS II is the latest spec, and most cameras are just now starting to support it. There are very few UHS II SD cards right now.

      The 100Mbit/sec recording rate isn’t the high-end even for prosumer stuff for much longer. Olympus this week announced their upcoming camera the OMD E-M1 Mk II, which can record up to 237Mbit/s. It’s got 2 SD slots, one of which is UHS II, and one UHS I.

      Also, having cards that fast enables one to record high bitrate 4K video and still take photos at the same time.

      And lastly, the amount of recording time depends on file sizes which depends on codecs and other things. That Olympus I mentioned? It’s capable of 4K 30p 10-bit 4:2:2, which is a lot more data than the 4K 30p 8-bit 4:2:0 that most 4K cameras are recording today. Not a lot of h.265 even in the cameras that were announced this week at Photokina, so file sizes are still going up (way up) for now.

        • smilingcrow
        • 3 years ago

        I didn’t say 100Mbs is high end for prosumer as the Panasonic GH4 already manages 200Mbs but not I think with 4K. But 100 – 150 is very high for general consumer stuff.
        The Panasonic GH5 will manage 4K 60P 10-bit 4:2:2 so it will be interesting to see what the bit rate will be.

        “the amount of recording time depends on file sizes which depends on codecs and other things.”

        Which is irrelevant in this context as I stuck with bit rate which is agnostic to the other metrics; so look at the bit rate and that tells you what your storage requirements are.
        The point I was making is that even the high end prosumer gear isn’t that taxing at capture as the media is ahead of the curve but its the later processing that is demanding.

          • spugm1r3
          • 3 years ago

          Holy crap, this pool got deep quick. And here, I came to post something like “That’ll store a lot of big pictures!”

      • ThatStupidCat
      • 3 years ago

      Finally I can stash all the internet cat pics in one place then carry them off and show them to the in-laws.

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    wake me up when it’s microsd

      • just brew it!
      • 3 years ago

      OK, Krogoth.

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      IS IT OPPOSITE DAY MATE?

        • DrDominodog51
        • 3 years ago

        .ON

      • spiritwalker2222
      • 3 years ago

      I just assumed it was uSD. who uses full size SD’s anyways. Well I guess people who want to record 4k content.

      • JMccovery
      • 3 years ago

      I really do wonder about the reliability of the NAND in a 1TB microSD card.

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      You have a point. That 64 MB card from 2000 was of SmartMedia kind; it was thinner than SD cards are 16 years later. (And it looked much like a scaled down 3.5″ floppy.)

    • MOSFET
    • 3 years ago

    Why hello Eric! What is your comments name/nickname?

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      WELL I KNOW IT’S NOT SWEATSHOPKING BECAUSE THE ARTICLE WASN’T TYPED LIKE THIS
      AND I KNOW IT’S NOT KROGOTH BECAUSE IT WASN’T ABOUT HOW UNIMPRESSED KROGOTH WAS AND IT’S NOT GTS450 OR S.T.A.L.K.E.R. BECAUSE I USED CTRL+F FOR NGREEDIA AND CAME UP EMPTY AND BOTH THOSE ACCOUNTS WERE BANNED

      THOSE FOUR USER ACCOUNTS ARE ELIMINATED, SO I’VE NARROWED IT DOWN TO EVERYONE ELSE FOR YOU AND YOU CAN THANK ME LATER

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        NICE POST!

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          THANKS I UPVOTED YOU TOO <3

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