SanDisk eyes data-intensive future with massive 1 TB SD card
SanDisk has a new memory card with more storage space than many computers. Parent company Western Digital announced a prototype one terabyte (TB) SDXC card at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday.
The spacious new card comes two years after SanDisk unveiled the first 512 GB SD card at Photokina 2014. It also represents the culmination of sixteen years of progressively more efficient storage dating back to the introduction of the first SanDisk 64 MB SD card at the turn of the century.
"Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1 TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it's amazing that we're now at the point where it's becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1 TB when we're out shooting continuous high-quality video," said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers, in a release from SanDisk.
The company says its new high capacity card will help in a data-intensive age of virtual reality, video surveillance, 360-degree video and resolutions up to 8K.
Exactly when the 1 TB card will be available and how much it will cost has not been announced. But to give some indication, when the 512 GB card was first unveiled two years ago the recommended retail price was originally US$799. It has since dropped to $599 and can easily be found elsewhere online today for $299.