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Integral unveils world's first microSD card with 512GB capacity

It wasn't too long ago that SanDisk launched the world's biggest microSD card with a capacity of 400GB. Today, this record has been superseded by a UK company called Integral, which has unveiled what it says is the first shipping 512GB microSD memory card.

The card will work in any device that is compatible with the microSDXC standard—for example many Android mobile devices, drones, and some PCs—and offers a sustained sequential write speed of 10MB/s, which should be good enough for 4K video recording. Maximum speed is 80MB/s.

With half a Terabyte of storage space at your disposal, you really should be able to stop worrying about running out of memory, assuming you use a device with a microSD memory expansion slot.

The card is expected to be available from February, but no pricing information has been revealed yet. It's fair to assume it won't be cheap, however—Sandisk's 400GB card still retails for around $250, and with an even higher capacity, the Integral is likely to tip the scales at $300 or more.

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tangbunna

bump. thinking of my 3.5" hdd... obsolete.

10 months ago
cosinaphile

the roll out of greater capacity cards to the marketplace smacks of a crafted slowdown designed to completely milk each new crop of early adopters

my take is 2 tb should have been reached long ago and also the game they play between micro sd and sd also feels a bit managed as well ... i dont mind paying a fair price for a fair product ... but it seems to be managed and dribbled out a little too slow and a little too dear for me to think it anything but yet another corporate gouge

10 months ago
Focus Shift Shooting

Disagree. There would be much higher capacities at the enterprise level if what you say is true, so it's just conspiracy theory stuff. If anything, things are rolling along just as they have been and just as they should be.

10 months ago
cosinaphile

of course sd rollout is managed it isnt controlled by a free matket....

conspiracy what ... thy doth protest conspiracy too much

turn off fox news ... conspiracy is the number one crime prosecuted in
america
and they happen at the highest level and the lowest level in spite of your brainwashing

10 months ago
cosinaphile

there is no such thing as enterprise level sd and never has been ... there is pro
extras durable divisions sometimes within a manufacturers lineup period

you are thinking of SSD , a completely different category of storage

10 months ago
CaPi

Hm.
How will I know if my camera can use this?

10 months ago
Nomoreheroes
Nomoreheroes

You could use an microSD to SD adapter or some Nikon CX-series cameras

10 months ago
tabloid

Questions:
Would it be possible to use the SD card as if was a drive in a computer, or does it have to be specially formatted.

Why is it that they can make a tiny 512GB SD card for the market, but cant make a 5TB one. Wouldn't be much bigger.

10 months ago
ecka84
ecka84

1] Yes, you can.
2] Because 10 microSD cards would cost the same and they sell better.

10 months ago
Robert Krawitz

They do in fact make 4TB and 8TB 2.5" SATA SSDs and 2TB and 4TB M.2 PCIe (and maybe also SATA). But they're fearsomely expensive. You can get a 1TB SSD or M.2 for under $300, and a 2TB SSD is somewhere around $600-$700. A 4TB is about $1300...and an 8TB is currently $5000. I doubt this is going to work out a lot cheaper.

But the performance of this thing is absolutely miserable, particularly for writes. A SATA SSD can easily sustain 300-500 MB/sec, and PCIe (including NVMe) drives are much faster, without that SATA protocol overhead; 1.5 GB/sec is routine and 3 GB/sec is available. 10 MB/sec write is pitiful. It might be enough for really low quality 4K/30p. But at that rate, it would take over 14 hours to fill up the card.

I also don't know that I'd trust anything of this density (at least not yet) for storage that really mattered. Yes, you could use it as a drive in a computer, but the throughput would be substantialliy less than harddisk, although latency would be better.

10 months ago
cosinaphile

ssd and sd are completely different categories of storage with different technology and purpose

but you are correct it can be a tiny defacto drive in a laptop useful as a media repository or landing strip for stuff you dont want on a c drive

i luv em

10 months ago
jwkphoto
jwkphoto

I remember way back in the olden times, 10 to 18 years ago, it was suggested to use a card equal to the number of images I could get on one roll of film, basically 12, 24 or 36 exposures. The reason was the card could go bad and loosing 36 exposures is not as bad as loosing a hundred or more. In all my years of photographing portraits and real estate photography I never had a card go bad.

10 months ago
Albert Valentino

Yeh, but they can go bad. Fortunately, it is rare and last 16 years of use, I never had a problem. But I have known people that did. I own two 32gb cards which is more than plenty.

10 months ago
cosinaphile

i e had many cards fail ... they simply stop... BUT IM GUILTY OF PUTTING THEM UN REFORMATTED in multiple brands ... so i think i did it to myself

10 months ago
jwkphoto
jwkphoto

The only cards I've bought have been SanDisk and the have never failed.

10 months ago*
Distagon18

This is just what I need - no use for photography but ideal for music on my Astell & Kern DAP!.

10 months ago
mario loconte

Integral brand still cheaper on the UK market through amazon, I hope the will extend their convenience to the rest.

10 months ago
jnd

Meanwhile the biggest card I use is 64GB. One in phone, one in camera.

10 months ago
Fakultativ

Meanwhile, Apple is still selling the iPad with 128 GB maximum storage.

10 months ago
saiko

More importantly - people are still buying it like hot cake...

10 months ago
Robert Morris

Not really hot cakes. Apple's market share of tablets is down from a high of around 60% to about 25% in 2017 so that's a big drop. So the iPad has lost a lot of it steam lately. Just so many cheaper and better spec'd competitors around. Of course a lot of companies would love to have that much of a percentage of the market.

10 months ago
CaPi

Strange - I have one with 256 right here

10 months ago
10 months ago
CaPi

An ipad with 256gb

10 months ago
Robert Morris

Yes, they make them my wife has a Pro with 512gbs.

10 months ago
S Yu

There are lots of cheaper tablets around but "better" probably doesn't exist for Android, an actual mobile OS, and Win10 still provides pretty bad tablet experience (though IPP provides pretty bad PC experience).

10 months ago
Suave

The real issue will be finding one that's not a fake.

10 months ago
Michael Ma

It's funny you should mention that because small companies such as Microdia announced that they had a 512GB micro sd card that they were going to start selling 2.5 years ago. They even rented a booth at a photo exhibition show and made mock packaging and mock cards. It was all fake for publicity. I'm sure be able to buy one from Samsung or SanDisk in about a year or two.

10 months ago
Robert Morris

Yea, I remember that and never anything from them as to why it didn't ship AFAIK.

10 months ago
cosinaphile

the market is flooded with fakes but if you buy from bh or adorama you are completely safe ... amazon allows fakes and does nothing to curb it

realizing that you cant buy 256 gb sd anywhere for 29 bucks helps ...lol

10 months ago
Suntan

Who?

10 months ago
Reuven79

It is fantastic achievement but I'd be scared if I had lots of photos written on it then something would happen. It took me a while to change from 8 to 16 to 32GB card. Me personally I prefer more cards smaller cards which would add up to 512GB.
I would rather see a card which uploads in a same speed into my personal cloud from the camera as I'm shooting.

10 months ago
ecka84
ecka84

That's a faulty strategy. Large capacity cards are better by all accounts. Data safety can only be achieved by making backup copies and nothing else really. Just use a dual card slot camera with large capacity cards in mirror mode. Smaller capacity cards wear out much faster due to higher number of write cycles needed to go through the same amount of data per year (or whatever time period). Let's be honest, you are not going to buy 32 x 16GB cards instead of one 512GB card.

10 months ago
Reuven79

@ecka84 Totally get what you are saying and I must agree with your points. I did not consider the re-writing cycles.

10 months ago
ecka84
ecka84

I should add:
SD cards are pretty fragile. Static electricity can kill them rather easily, or at least corrupt the data inside them. So, the less you touch them the better. Which means switching cards often is kind of bad.
Large capacity cards are useful for keeping backups. You don't have to move your photos to computer hard drive (just copy) or format the card until it's full.

10 months ago*
GreatOceanSoftware
GreatOceanSoftware

Yes life is good. I’ve been treating my memory cards like film. I edit the keeper photos and store them on my cloud service, and toss the card into a Pelican SD case when it’s full and start with a fresh card. No need to reuse them. I’ll just hold onto them and in years to come I may go back through them for fun. Kind of like saving slides and negatives.

10 months ago
jnd

In years they may be empty. The flash memory loses recorder charge over time, especially with today's small processes. In the best case the internal data corruption can be recovered in hardware but you may also find your files with different data that has been written. Magnetic storage has longer shelf life and high quality non-organic optical media are even more durable when stored properly. In the end your negatives will live much longer than data on your sd cards.

10 months ago
GreatOceanSoftware
GreatOceanSoftware

Yes, I thought about that and decided to take the risk. If they’re there when I come back to them, great. If not, c’est la vie. I have all my keepers in cloud storage.

10 months ago
captura

I wonder what the failure rate is, compared to a 512 GB standard SD card?

10 months ago
Robert Zanatta

I'm stoked. I can finally record more than 5 minutes of uninterrupted video on my 5D Mark IV.

10 months ago
Toselli

It's funny to think that this card alone could keep my complete photo library! Arrived at this point that the storage is so plentiful and cheap I would like to see write only memories. I remember that some years ago, sandisk if I am not wrong, made those kind of memories, that once written couldn't be erased, but they were designed hold the data for a lot of years, maybe even centuries.

10 months ago
jnd

For someone it's lifetime worth of photos, for someone else it's only couple hours of 4K video.

10 months ago
guest2015

U1. meh. now you can lose even more of your data on the same card. :DDDDD I prefer several smaller capacity.

10 months ago
photoac

Now you can swallow your entire photo collection.

10 months ago
ovatab

then you can dump a crapload of pictures

10 months ago
anticipation_of
anticipation_of

Me likey. Will wait until the price drops, of course. For now 128gb cards serve my purpose, but I would for sure stick one of these in a phone and forget about it. Currently my phone is full of pictures and I keep having to delete stuff. It’s all still there in the cloud and on my laptop, but I’d prefer to just never have to delete.

10 months ago
TwoMetreBill

Switch to Google photos, free and unlimited space.

10 months ago
Gmon750

Because giving Google access to your photos is always a good idea right? :/

10 months ago
Teila Day
Teila Day

TwometreBill... I wonder how much Google data has to be hacked/stolen before people get a clue about where and where not to place sensitive and or private data. I wouldn't want a photographer to back up my photos to the cloud.
Drive space is so cheap today that "unlimited" doesn't sound nearly as wonderful as it once did.

Cloud is great for some things; not a good idea for others.

10 months ago*
Francis Carver

Google = garbage in general. They are suddenly starting to fall apart.

10 months ago
anticipation_of
anticipation_of

I already have my photos in the cloud, as I said. I just prefer local storage. It’s faster and more convenient and I have more control over it.

10 months ago
Mr Bolton

There is no cloud. It's just someone else's computer. 4TB Western DIgital backup drive, $89 on sale at Best Buy. Cheap, safe, should last as long as data on a spinning hard drive can last. Which is at least back to the '90s as my old Amigas still boot up from HDD.

10 months ago
jnd

Today you have to keep your TB+ sized drives in RAID 1 at least, the failure rate went up from the days of 160 GB disks. Cloud storage is good for off site backup. Google Photos is convenient and free but not for serious backup as it's not guaranteed service like the paid ones (you can buy subscription for Google Drive too). On the other hand nothing wrong with using it unless you store there something something more than photos from your travel and hobby, which is how most people use it anyway.

The best is to rent your VPS or server and run your own cloud service, that way you have full control and privacy over your data. But it costs money and you have to actively care about it, so it doesn't work for lazy people.

10 months ago
anticipation_of
anticipation_of

Mr Bolton, yes. Exactly. That’s why things like this new card, that make local storage easier and more convenient, are of interest to me.

10 months ago
HappyBlack
HappyBlack

512GB storage capacity and 10MB/s write speed?

Nah, thanks.

10 months ago
otto k

Get in touch with your inner zen while you are waiting... Win win situation

10 months ago
10 months ago
John C Tharp
John C Tharp

This would choke the slowest of DSLRs...

10 months ago
Toselli

If you have a good buffer for normal use it's possible that you don't even feel the slowdown, except the 2-5 seconds blinking write light. On the other hand if you try to write a burst that completely filled the buffer you will find that once you have finished 16 tb micro sd will be around.

10 months ago
zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme

That's about 355,000 floppy disks 😱

10 months ago
Juksu

'20 megabytes is more storage than most of us will ever need.'
A computer magazine HDD review ~1986.

10 months ago
otto k

Yeah, but it's mostly true as people from '86 are already dead, right? /s

10 months ago
mandm

In the 80's they also told us that computers would make us a paperless society.

10 months ago
Juksu

20 years later - ca 2006 I was able to buy my first Huge 1GB Compact Flash card, when the price came down to ~ $100. That's whopping 166 NEFs on a Nikon D70 -- Again, more storage than most people will ever need!

.. And here we are, 20 years later again, and I want to be buried in my 20mb Seagate!

10 months ago*
mandm

From the DPR Archives
8.24.1999
Toshiba 2 x 256Mbit SSFDC SmartMedia 64MB $202.00 $3.16/MB
8.24.1999
Sony 64MB Memory Stick $164.00 $2.56/MB

10 months ago
Ken60

No Otto I am standing right behind you !
The first WD hard drive on a card I put in my floppy only computer was 20MB .
I remember having a 128mb CF card for shooting 3MP images......

10 months ago
Mr Bolton

I had to struggle along with the 16Meg CF card that came with my Nikon Coolpix 2500.. it could hold a lot of 2mp jpegs!

I actually made a living with that camera! Shooting cars for internet and big nickel ads back in 2004, before smart phones and before everyone knew how to do it themselves. Good times.. well, not really as I had to deal with used car salesmen all day every day.

10 months ago
otto k

Oh, hi Ken. Didn't see you without my old-man-glasses :)

10 months ago
ecka84
ecka84

Yawn ... where are all the 2TB SD card they've been promising us for almost two decades now?

10 months ago
Ettepet

It will probably be slow and become extremely hot, like the 400GB Sandisk. The Samsung 256GB microsd sofar is the only large storage version that is both fast and luke warm during file transfer.

10 months ago
AshMills

Cue lots of "too many eggs" comments, closely followed by the release latest 100MP phone camera.

10 months ago
barrym1966

One of the few things us Brits still make. 😂

10 months ago
Dheorl

Get a bit of perspective...

10 months ago
Teila Day
Teila Day

Barrym1966.... McLaren, Aston Martin, and Range Rover... I sure hope you Brits are better at making quality aircraft that don't break. <friendly poke in ribs + warm smile>

10 months ago*
Mr Bolton

Rover is owned by Ford now, and maybe Aston Martin too but not sure. Ford had no style of their own, so they had to buy some.

The Brits drink warm beer because Lucas makes refrigerators :-D Sorry, couldn't resist piling on..

10 months ago
jnd

Don't kid yourself, it's made in China or somewhere close, as well as packaged and labelled. Brits don't make any silicon to my knowledge.

10 months ago
barrym1966

Oh I forgot we also make quality ebc brake pads and some tyres too 😁not sure about aircraft those seem to be made all over nowadays ,

10 months ago
cosinaphile

here a "made in Britain" jab ..........."the I. T. crowd " fantastically funny stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EBfxjSFAxQ

10 months ago
Teila Day
Teila Day

Mr Bolton... (chuckle) and you couldn't be more correct when it comes to 'lack of style'.

10 months ago*
The Davinator
The Davinator

Hmmmm....two of these in my Onkyo high rez music player....over a terabyte of audio. Awesome!

10 months ago*
RedFox88

No, because 512 GB card isn't 512 gigabytes. It's 512,000,000,000 bytes. One Megabyte is 1024 bytes not 1000 bytes. Hard drives and memory devices list capacity via the latter.

10 months ago
Nomoreheroes
Nomoreheroes

Was thinking the same but with a Sony NW-WM1A

10 months ago
HeyItsJoel
HeyItsJoel

WAAAAAAAT?!

10 months ago
The Davinator
The Davinator

The Onkyo I have has built in memory as well....64gb....thus the over a terabyte I mentioned.

10 months ago*
zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme

Makes me wanna just get a cassette walkman

10 months ago
The Davinator
The Davinator

I used to have the Toshiba walkman that was smaller than a cassette tape

10 months ago
Toselli

I have probably the same, a DP X1a, but I am fine with 128 GB. Anyway I'd really like to see how it would handle 1 tb of music! If you fill with 128 kbps mp3 It probably would explode trying to refresh the library!

10 months ago
MamiyaMax
MamiyaMax

Interesting stuff.

10 months ago*
Mr Bolton

I have the cassette Walkman that *records tapes*..

10 months ago
The Davinator
The Davinator

Toselli...that is the one I have. I currently have two, 200gb cards in it. My CDs are converted to lossless ALAC and I have a lot of high rez FLAC downloads, as well as a lot of my LPs converted to 16/96 FLAC. I do however have a fair bit of rocks albums at 320 mp3 when the recordings were mediocre to start with.

10 months ago
Nomoreheroes
Nomoreheroes

MP3 stinks
Think about it as the worst compressed JPG out there

10 months ago*
Toselli

Mp3 stinks, but certain masterings stinks even more, especially those of the loudness war. The example that comes to my mind is californication from red hot chili peppers: I think that this particular album can be downsampled to even 64 kbps mp3 without degradation...

10 months ago