updated 11:30 pm EDT, Tue March 13, 2012
Toshiba Exceria nears peak UHS-I speeds
Toshiba late Tuesday brought out a new line of SD cards, Exceria, that it hoped would be the fastest ever. The entire line is fast enough to meet the UHS-1 speed grade and Class 10, and in many cases is near the peak. The fastest tier of the new cards, Exceria Type 1, can top 95MB per second in read speed and writes at 90MB per second, making it a good fit for speed shooting with more recent DSLR cameras.
A mid-range Type 2 line keeps the read speed and drops to 60MB per second writes for less intensive uses. Exceria Type HD, the budget range, will still write at about 30MB per second and reads nearly as quickly as its peers, at 90MB per second.
The cards will launch in at least Japan on a staggered schedule. Toshiba delivers 8GB and 16GB Exceria Type HD cards in April, followed by a 32GB version in May. The fastest cards come next, with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB cards due in July. Type 2 appears only in August but will run in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants. All of the cards will follow Japan's typical open pricing system and should get firmer pricing closer to any US release.