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MicroSD cards breaking the one terabyte barrier, in stores before summer

Written by Matti Robinson @ 25 Feb 2019 11:59

MicroSD cards breaking the one terabyte barrier, in stores before summer While it's debatable that Moore's law is relevant any longer when it comes to transistor density, CPU performance, or memory capacity, digital storage capacity is sure getting easier to come by.
There might be no better way to visualize the improvements over the last couple of decades than the memory card. Not only is capacity getting better and better, the size of the memory card has decreased over time dramatically.

Now SanDisk and Micron have revealed new microSD-sized memory cards able to store one terabyte of data. The cards the size of your pinkie fingernail can now store as much data as 200 original iPods combined.

According to Micron, their 1 TB card supports data read speeds up to 160 MB/s and write speeds up to 95 MB/s. SanDisk's alternative on the other hand can write at the same pace but only manages to retain 90 MB/s write speed for one second.

Although pioneering like this are important for us all, you are likely not going to upgrade your Android phone with a 1 TB microSD just yet. SanDisk's 1 TB card is going to cost $449.99 when it hits the stores later this spring, and presumably Micron's isn't going to be much cheaper, if at all.

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