Lexar Intros MicroSD Cards Capable of 45MB/s

Lexar's previous 32GB High-Performance Mobile Solution

California-based Lexar on Tuesday introduced its High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I memory cards for smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders. These cards carry a Class 10 speed classification, and deliver read transfer speeds up to 300x, or rather, a speedy 45 MB per second. Lexar said the cards are design for "adventure seekers" and "adrenaline junkies".

"These cards enable outdoor enthusiasts to capture up to eight hours of their greatest moments in HD and share it with friends faster," the company said. "Users can also store up to 24,800 photos or 14,200 songs, and when paired with the included USB 3.0 reader, get fast transfer rates from their memory card to their PC or Mac computer."

As indicated, both cards come with a USB 3.0 reader that enables users to quickly play back and transfer their favorite media files. The microSDHC UHS-I card comes in a 32 GB capacity whereas the microSDXC UHS-I offers 64 GB of storage space. Both come with a limited lifetime warranty, and the USB 3.0 reader has its own one-year limited warranty.

Wes Brewer, vice president, products and technology for Lexar, said that the design of Lexar's new 64 GB microSDXC card was made possible by utilizing Micron’s newest, 64-Gbit, 20-nm process technology NAND flash memory.

"Together with creative die-stacking techniques and uniquely engineered firmware in our UHS-I capable controller, Lexar was able to design and produce this product at the 300x performance level to meet the needs of our customers," he said. "Our total High-Performance retail solution – which includes an ultra-compact USB 3.0 microSD high-speed reader – achieves an optimal blend of price and performance demanded by our retail customers that focus on video capture and quick file offloading to a PC and the Internet."

In its announcement on Tuesday, Lexar said that it works with major mobile device manufacturers to ensure that its cards are compatible with their devices. Lexar's memory designs also undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 800 digital devices.

Lexar High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I memory cards will be available for purchase in November for $69.99 (32 GB) and $139.99 (64 GB) from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide.

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  • samuelspark
    Expensive much?
  • threehosts
    And when will we see 128GB MicroSD cards then?
  • daglesj
    Hmmm what are the access times?
  • halcyon
    My iPad3 is going to love this...oh wait....
  • Prescott_666
    These microSD cards were developed for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, Lexar states.

    What an idiotic and empty claim.
  • techcurious
    nobody cares about the write speeds? .. which have conveniently not been advertised!
  • back_by_demand
    Let's hope that phones or tablets can work at that speed
  • face-plants
    60-80% of the read speeds I'm guessing. Maybe 30-35MBps on the lower conservative end. Funny they don't mention it though since the write speed is what really limits how fast you can take pictures or record video as you wait for your device to empty it's buffer.
  • goodguy713
    why put something like that on usb 3.o ? usb 2.o is good enough .. marketing i suppose.
  • danwat1234
    goodguy713why put something like that on usb 3.o ? usb 2.o is good enough .. marketing i suppose.USB2 is limited to around 30MB/s realistic so it would be a bottleneck in some situations.