SD cards are everywhere now, and you can get them on the cheap. But SanDisk is not interesting "on the cheap" with the announcement of some crazy, insanely high-capacity flash memory that is more expensive than the camera you put it in.
NASA's Opportunity rover is still trundling across the surface of Mars, more than 11 years after its 90 day mission began. But its software is getting bogged down, so NASA's doing a full system backup, memory wipe, and reboot. It's just like your routine computer cleanup, just from the next planet over.
SanDisk just announced an absurdly fast card that can go almost three times faster than the previous champ. Why do you need all that horsepower? To chomp 4K video, of course.
You can always use more memory cards. Whether you're a weekend warrior with your DSLR or a music hoarder on your smartphone, these bite-size bits of storage tend to fill up quickly, and they're easy to lose at that. So take the chance while you've got it, and stock up on Sony memory cards at Amazon. They're mad cheap…
Flash memory is fast, it's stable, but it's not without its flaws. It has a tendency to wear out after too many write-erase cycles, for example. Now there's a way to deal with that problem, and it could lead to self-healing NAND flash memory that could last for much, much longer than the stuff we have now.
Israeli financial paper Calcalist reports Apple has thrown down some serious stacks to acquire Anobit, a flash memory firm. But the purported $400-500 million (!) buyout isn't just for any memory firm—Anobit says its memory's faster and cheaper.
Cell phones have taken another step towards becoming full-fledged pocket computers with an announcement by Micron and Intel. Get ready to carry even more of your digital life on your phone.
A very, very brief power outage at a Toshiba factory forced the company to completely halt operations at the critical plant. This could mean as much as a 20% drop in chip shipments which could lead to product shortages everywhere.
The brainiacs at H.P. think they've discovered a way to replace transistors with technology that will shrink chips to the atomic scale. Emphasis on "brain."
Pay attention, Appleites—this isn't just any old boring chip news. With Toshiba supplying the 16GB and 32GB NAND chips for the iPhone 3GS, the fact that it's just announced the world's first 64GB NAND chip is very suggestive.
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With stacks of eight being only 0.6mm thick, Samsung's new 30-nanometer NAND chips are practically anorexic, but for once that's a good thing. Thinner chips like these could bring smaller gadgets and hopefully also lead to lower SSD prices.
Phase-changing memory looks great. It's supposed to combine the non-volatile nature of flash-based memory with the fantastic speed of DRAM. Now Intel and Numonyx are teasing with advancements in stacking memory layers, news that brings denser PCM closer to markets.
SanDisk's X4 tech packs four bits of data into each memory cell, compared with the typical one or two bits. That means they'll be able to far exceed the 32GB limit on SDHC, microSDHC and others, and they've started shipping.
CCD and CMOS sensors take great images, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. They're bulky and bad in low light. It turns out that flash memory can actually double as a light sensor, and could solve both these problems.
Corsair, who seem to spend all their time finding speed records and then breaking them, announced their Flash Voyager GT USB flash drive at the droolworthy 128GB capacity. Even better, the speeds totally don't suck: 32MB/s and 25.6MB/s read/write, respectively.
On one hand, it's great to see the SDXC standard—which theoretically tops out at 2TB—flexing its muscles a little bit. On the other, I kinda wish Toshiba wouldn't announce a record-breaking SD card six months before release.