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Kingston releases über-fast UltimateXX class of SD cards

Over the last couple of years, photography and filming technologies have outpaced that of the memory cards they rely on, making high-quality sequence shots and HD filming on SLR cameras a bit daunting and laggy at times. That is, until now.

Kingston today announced the release of UltimateXX memory cards: The fastest SD cards available to date, and literally in a class of its own. SDHC UHS-I. Though they’re not available on the market until next month, Kingston gloats about being one of the first manufacturers to bring the new cards to the market.

When used with a UHS-I device, the cards are capable of reaching data transfer speeds of up to 60MB per second – almost three times as fast as the current best, class 10. They’re backwards-compatible with classes 4 through 10 and, if you’re into photographing glaciers, will work fine at -25ºC. You know, just in case.

Looking back to another recent article on Mobile Magazine, The DVD is Dead, this may be a large step towards SD cards replacing DVDs to become the new norm for video.

That’s something we’ll be keeping our eyes on.

Kingston Announces SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX

Data Transfer Rate up to 60MB/sec. Read and 35MB/Sec. Write
Designed to SD Association UHS-I Speed Class Specifications
Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB Capacities
2011 International CES
LAS VEGAS & FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX memory cards. The highest speed class available today, the UltimateXX meets standards set by the Secure Digital Association for next-level performance in SD card technology.

“Kingston is pleased to be one of the first manufacturers to offer SDHC UHS-I memory cards to our customers”
Shipping later this month, Kingston’s UltimateXX memory cards are ideal for the serious photographer or videographer. Photographers will appreciate the ability to easily capture sequential shots that were once a challenge due to the speed limitations of memory. The UltimateXX also makes it easy to capture HD video. The performance of SDHC UHS-I memory card is optimized when paired with a UHS-I device, although the card is backwards compatible with Class 4, 6 and 10 equipment.

“Kingston is pleased to be one of the first manufacturers to offer SDHC UHS-I memory cards to our customers,” said Mike Kuppinger, Flash card product manager, Kingston®. “Being a member of the SD Association enhances our ability to bring new technology to market. As the devices that support SDHC UHS-I become prevalent, our UltimateXX cards are at the ready.”

Kingston’s UltimateXX line meets the SD Association standards for the UHS-I speed class with speeds up to 60MB/sec. read and 35MB/sec. write. At this performance level, the write speed of SDHC UHS-I memory cards is more than three times as fast as SDHC Class 10 cards. The UltimateXX product line will offer capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

Kingston SDHC UHS-1 UltimateXX Features and Specifications:

Performance: 233x – up to 60MB/sec. read, and 35MB/sec. write
Fast: ultra high-speed bus I (UHS-I)
Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification version 3.01
Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
Compatible: with SDHC and SDXC host devices, not compatible with standard SD-enabled devices/readers
Reliable: lifetime warranty
Simple: as easy as plug-and-play
Capacities*: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Dimensions: 0.94″ x 1.25″ x 0.08″ (24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm)
Weight: 0.09oz (2.5g)
Storage Temperatures: -40° F to 185° F (-40° C to 85° C)
Operating Temperatures: -13° F to 185° F (-25° C to 85° C)
Voltage: 3.3V
File Format: FAT32
* Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide.

Kingston SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX
Part Number Capacity and Features MSRP (U.S. only)
SDHA1/8GB 8GB SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX Flash Card $69.99
SDHA1/16GB 16GB SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX Flash Card $179.99
SDHA1/32GB 32GB SDHC UHS-I UltimateXX Flash Card $349.99

About Kingston Digital, Inc.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit www.kingston.com or call 800-337-8410.

Editor’s Note: For additional information, evaluation units or executive interviews, please contact Jenni Kuo, Kingston Digital, Inc. 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, 714-438-2790 (Voice). Press images can be found in Kingston’s press room at kingston.com/press/default.asp

Kingston and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

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