[MWC 2019]: MicroSD cards with close to 1Gbps speeds much closer to reality

“These new microSD cards will offer close to 985MB/s read write speeds.”

The SD Association, which has oversees development of SD cards, just revealed microSD Express which is a new format for memory cards on mobile devices. The association is calling its new standard the “fastest memory card for mobile devices.” The tech will deliver extremely fast read and write speeds, up to 985Mbps, which is almost comparable to modern removable solid state drives. The tech will arrive in capacities like microSDHC Express, microSDXC Express, and microSDUC Express.

microsdclass10.jpgThe new microSD Express standard supports the PCIe 3.1 and NVMe v1.3 specifications, which far exceeds older microSD cards. Obviously, the immediate implications for the tech will be in the mobile industry but the organisation sees use of it in the automotive, photography, VR, and video sectors as well in the future. Perhaps, the best thing that will spur the new standard is that microSD Express card will be backwards compatible, which means it will be compatible with billions of current microSD cards already on the market. However, the speeds will be a bit slower.

It is still worth noting that despite being official, the tech needs to be implemented by manufacturers. The SD Association introduced similar fast speed tech for the full-size SD cards last year but the new announcement levels up the playfield for microSDs. Now all that remains is to see when card makers start manufacturing these new storage devices. That’s when we will know the prices and availability details of the products.

Abdul can be tagged as a true blue smartphone enthusiast. As part of his professional career, he has contributed to a number of tech blogs such as GizChina, MySmartPrice, MrPhone, and others. He keeps an eye on the Chinese social media as well to catch hot leaks. Occasionally, he can be found invading villages in Clash of Clans. For the rest of the time, he's mostly searching for the best burgers and pizzas in town.
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