128TB SD card could replace all of your clunky hard drives

Pretty soon the humble SD card could hold your entire media library and condense all of your spare hard drives into one single back up.

The SD Association has revealed a new specification that would increase the maximum storage capacity to an incredible 128TB. Yes, terabytes.

The new SD Ultra Capacity (SDUC) specification would make the current 2TB maximum SDXC platform look like a floppy disk.

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Meanwhile, a new SD Express standard would boost data transfer speeds to near 1GB per second – 985MB to be precise – while supporting the PCIe 3.0 specification and NVMe v1.3 protocols. It’ll be possible to apply this tech to the current SDXC and SDHC standards as well as the future Ultra Capacity cards.

The new speeds and capacity will benefit those video professionals working with 4K and 360-degree VR video now and in the future with developments in 8K video.

While the new speeds are likely to arrive sooner rather than later, an SD card approaching anything like 128TB capacity is probably quite a while away yet. We’re yet to see an abundance of 1TB cards on the market and they ones that have appeared are very expensive.

In a press release, the SD Association writes: “SD Express delivers speeds necessary to move large amounts of data generated by data-intense wireless communication, super-slow motion video, RAW continuous burst mode and 8K video capture and playback, 360 degree cameras/videos, speed hungry applications running on cards and mobile computing devices, ever evolving gaming systems, multi-channel IoT devices and automotive to name a few. SD Express will be initially offered on SDUC, SDXC and SDHC memory cards.”

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