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.