When the first Micro SD was released in 2004, it had just 128 MB of storage.
Sandisk has just announced that it has broken then 128 GB milestone for its Micro SD cards, announcing a new line of microSDXC cards that will be available in the U.S. exclusively through Best Buy and Amazon. What's most amazing about this achievement (despite the fact that you now can hold over 7,000 songs on something the size of a fingernail) is that when the Micro SD was first released in 2004, it held a paltry 128 MB. This means that the Micro SD's storage has increased one thousand times in the space of a decade. The future. It's now.
The new card was made possible through Sandisk's new proprietary technique that allows for 16 memory die to be vertically stacked, each shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair. The 128 GB card will be able to store 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos and more than 125 apps.
"The technology used to design the 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is well in line with what mobile users expect, and demonstrates Sandisk's commitment to mobility," said Christopher Chute, research director, Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. "Being able to fit this much capacity into a Micro SD card smaller than a fingernail is a game changer, and expands the possibilities of what people can do with their mobile devices. The 128GB Ultra microSDXC card frees users from constant concerns around storage limitations."
The family of Sandisk Ultra microSD memory cards will also be available worldwide in capacities ranging from 8GB to 128GB with MSRPs of $29.99 to $199.99.
It's crazy to think we've come this far in regards to storage. At the moment, i'm running off a 240 GB SSD, to think that two of these tiny things running in RAID could easily match my storage.
Actually, I wonder if that would actually work? A Micro SD RAID array. Hmmm...