150x & 133x FLASH Memory

Apacer and Kingston unleash some seriously fast SD cards.

SD Cards are the stable Flash memory on the market right now and it just keeps on getting faster. This time it is Apacer and Kingston who have raised the bar yet again.


Hitting the headlines first is Apacer, which has produced the world’s first 150x Secure Digital Card. It has a quoted read speed of 22.54MBps (150x compatible) and a write speed of 15MBps. Up to 2GB sizes will be available by the end of June, with 512MB and 1GB version due any minute.

There are no prices quoted for this super fast babies, but I’m sure your digital camera, PDA, MP3 player or camera phone is salivating right now at the thought of you buying one.


Making an equal play for the top spot is Kingston with its newly announced 133x “SD Ultimate” range.

Equal how? Well, although the “X” rating is a smidgen lower than Apacer’s, Kingston says its speed ratings by write speed and not read speed so it will perform these tasks at a claimed 20MBps and 23MBps respectively. This suggests the Ultimate may in fact have a slight edge, but at these record rates it is really too close to tell without putting them through a lab head-to-head.

The Ultimate range will be available in June in 512MB and 1GB sizes and will cost an incredibly reasonable £36.42 and £82.25 each (including VAT). You can bet a 2GB version is not far away.

Anyone for 166x? Do I hear any offers? Maybe 200x? Give it a couple of months…

Kingston UK

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