One of the age-old dilemmas in the technology world is getting both sides of the new technology coin in play at once. When a new technology like SDXC is unveiled it looks great, but before the cards will be adopted by users and manufacturers there have to be readers and SDXC cards on the market at the same time.
Toshiba have announced the world's first 64GB SDXC memory card, capable of data transfer speeds of up to 35MB per second writes and up to 60MB per second reads. Scheduled to go into mass production in Spring 2010, the 64GB SDXC is aimed at high-resolution digital cameras and HD camcorders.
Judging by the frequent of Pretec breakthrough flash-based storage cards, breaking records must be part of Pretec quarterly exercise. The company is set to unveil not only the World’s First SDXC, but also an unprecedented 100GB CompactFlash at 666x. The latter up the ante, broke company’s own CF’s record at 433X.
Even with new standard still in lobbying effort, Pretec has the go-ahead with the SXDC small form factor flash-based memory standard that’s capable of reaching 2TB. Pretec will exhibit both the 32GB SXDC and 666x, that’s capable of 100MB/s transfer rate, at PMA and CeDIA tomorrow. We’ll visit each both tomorrow to dig deeper on the cost.
Mobile devices and digital cameras are getting more capable and more sophisticated these days, but one thing that prevents them from really taking off is data storage, in particular the issues of sizes and speeds. That is why manufacturers like Kingston are always trying to push the limits of their products. This latest batch of cards, both in microSDHC/SDXC and regular SDHC/SDXC forms, not only boasts of ultra high read and write speeds, they also now come in double the usual storage space, reaching 128 and 256 GB.
HP has revealed the HP Sprout, it's new "creativity station" that pairs a Windows 8.1 PC with a new HP Illuminator system blending a projector, high-resolution camera, and Intel's RealSense 3D tracking for capturing digital versions of physical objects. Similar in appearance to a regular all-in-one PC, though with a large, touch-enabled platform where you'd usually expect the keyboard to be, the Sprout is intended to allow "blending reality" for designers and gamers, with its image and motion capture system taking hand movements and 3D scans and digitizing them on the 23-inch Full HD touchscreen.
Sony may not be at the helm of VAIO any more, but that doesn't mean the brand has lost its mojo, showing off a new tablet PC concept that seemingly aims for the same well-heeled artist audience as Microsoft's Surface Pro. Revealed at Adobe Max 2014 today, the VAIO Prototype Tablet PC - its unofficial "monster tablet" name is a little more fitting, though neither are probably quite right should it get the green light for a commercial launch - is a 12.3-inch processing monster running an Intel quadcore chip.
Canon has outed its latest DSLR, the EOS 7D Mark II, replacing the aging EOS 7D with a new 20.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors. Headed to shelves in November, the 7D Mark II supports up to 10fps burst shooting and packs a 65-point All Cross Type autofocus system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. In fact, according to Canon, the new DSLR is its most powerful EOS to-date.
Joining its other gaming laptops, MSI has taken the wraps off its new GS30 Shadow and an accompanying docking station called the GamingDock. The latter device can be used to boost the laptop's graphics prowess when it is docked via a more powerful graphics card in the dock.
Leica has rolled out its newest rangefinder camera, the Leica M-P. With the camera comes a familiar design and some new features, including 2GB of internal storage to help with rapid shooting sessions, and sapphire glass over the LCD to keep scratches at bay.
HTC has finally unveiled the successor to its line of Butterfly smartphones, the aptly named Butterfly 2. Sporting high-end specs housed in colorful cases, the Butterfly 2 is poised to be a more lively alternative to HTC's flagship, but will unfortunately take flight only in Asia for now.