SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), the California-based flash memory manufacturing firm, continues to wow with its newest prototype, a tiny SDXC memory card with 1 terabyte of storage. The world’s first 1TB memory card made its debut at the Photokina 2016 photography show this week.
Despite its mindblowing massive storage capacity, SDXC memory card is no larger than an average memory card. The new 1TB card offers more than 16,000 times the capacity of the company’s regular 64MB SD card.
In a press release, Dinesh Bahal, the vice president of product management and content solutions at the business unit for Western Digital said that the company is all about showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies.
“Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB,” he said. “Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry.
The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates.”
Of course, SanDisk is no stranger to breaking bounds. In 2014, the firm unveiled its 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC UHS-I memory card, which doubled the storage capacity of a regular memory card while retaining the same diminutive form factor.
Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios said that the ever-growing demand for larger storage – thanks to VR, video surveillance and 360 video – paved the way for the introduction of 1TB memory cards. These high capacity memory cards enable consumers to get high res content and run storage-hungry applications. Nicholson added that that 1TB memory cards could be used to store more pictures without the hassle of switching cards.
At the moment, the SDXC memory card is the first of its kind and SanDisk has yet to announce its price. According to a report by ComputerWorld, Western Digital remains mum on the high capacity memory card’s release date.
“Western Digital plans to monitor industry trends and demands, and introduce the card in retail accordingly. Price would depend on market conditions at the time it’s released,” a rep for the company said in an email.
In case you’re planning to get your very own 1TB memory card, it will cost. You. The 512 GB SDXC costs an eye-watering $800 so it’s safe to assume that the 1TB variant will be much more expensive.