Kingston Memory Cards

Kingston Memory Cards
Kingston Secure Digital memory cards combine massive storage capacity, blazing data transfer rates, and ironclad security in a memory card no bigger than a postage stamp. With an excellent price-to-performance value, this card is an ideal expansion option for the smallest of devices, including MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs, smartphones, and more.

Kingston Ultimate 600x UDMA CompactFlash 32GB memory
Kingston Ultimate 600x (90MB/s) UDMA CompactFlash memory card in 32GB and 16GB

High Speed, Large Capacity Supports UDMA Mode 6; Complements Performance of High-End Digital SLRs

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Sunbury-on-Thames, UK – September 28, 2010 -- Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its CompactFlash (CF) Ultimate 600x memory card. The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x supports UDMA mode 6 and offers read and write speeds of up to 90MB/sec. making it Kingston Technology’s fastest card to support high-end digital cameras and other devices.

“The Kingston CF Ultimate 600x cards are great for photographers shooting in burst mode. For example, in a situation like a wedding or sporting event where the ability to rapidly take successive shots could make the difference between capturing the perfect shot or just missing it,” said Steve Hall, EMEA product development manager of flash, Kingston Technology “We are pleased to add the 600x card to our CompactFlash family of products which also includes the 266x Ultimate and 133x Elite Pro™ cards.”

The Kingston CF Ultimate 600x is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities to support the large file sizes created when shooting in RAW mode or HD video. If paired with UDMA mode 6 enabled cameras and readers, the 600x speed allows for data to write to and read from the card at a faster rate than previous generations of cards. For added peace of mind, the CF Ultimate 600x includes free downloadable data recovery software from MediaRECOVER®.

Kingston’s CompactFlash Ultimate 600x cards (part #: CF/XXGB-U3) are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 live technical support.

Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x Features/Specifications:

  • Capacities*: 16GB, 32GB
  • Dimensions: 1.43" x 1.68" x 0.13" (36.4mm x 42.8mm x 3.3mm) — CF Type I
  • Speed**: 90MB/sec. read, 90MB/sec. write
  • Recovery Utility: data recovery software download from MediaRECOVER (Windows/Mac compatible)
  • Operating Temperature: 32° to 140° F (0° to 60° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4° to 185° F (-20° to 85° C)
  • Standardized: complies with CompactFlash Association specification standards
  • Easy: plug and play
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty
  • Economical: autosleep mode preserves system battery life
* Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston's Flash Guide at kingston.com/flash_memory_guide.

** Speed may vary due to host and device configuration.

  Compact Flash® Card Size
  Kingston Elite Pro 32 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/32GB-S2: $78.95
  Kingston Elite Pro 16 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/16GB-S2: $42.99
  Kingston Elite Pro 8 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/8GB-S2: $28.49
  SD Flash Card Size (SDHC)
Please verify that your device such as cellular phone or digital camera supports SDHC cards. SDHC cards are not compatible with standard SD host devices and card readers, and will only work on SDHC host devices.
  Kingston 32 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/32GB: $80.16
  Kingston 16 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/16GB: $34.99
  Kingston 8 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/8GB: $16.85
  Kingston 4 GB Class 4 SDHC Flash Memory Card SD4/4GBET: $11.74
  SD Cards
  Kingston 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card SD/2GB: $6.08

Speeds

CompactFlash
IDE (ATA) emulation speed is usually specified in "x" ratings, e.g. 8x, 20x, 133x. This is the same system used for CD-ROMs and indicates the maximum transfer rate in the form of multiplier of the data rate of an audio CD, which is 150 KB/s. R = {K \cdot 150}, KB/sec where R = transfer rate, K = speed rating. For example, 20x rating means 20 * 150 KB/s = 3,000 KB/s = 3 MB/s.

These are manufacturer speed ratings and actual transfer speed may be higher or sometimes lower that one shown on a card

SecureDigital
There are different speeds of SD card available. The official unit of measurement is the Speed Class Rating; an older unit of measurement is the × rating.

Speed Class Rating

The Speed Class Rating is the official unit of speed measurement for SD Cards, defined by the SD Association. It is equal to 8 Mbit/s, and it measures the minimum write speeds based on "the best fragmented state where no memory unit is occupied

The following are the ratings of some currently available cards:

  • Class 2: 16 Mbit/s (2 MB/s)
  • Class 4: 32 Mbit/s (4 MB/s)
  • Class 6: 48 Mbit/s (6 MB/s)
  • Class 10: 80 Mbit/s (10 MB/s)
Even though the class ratings are defined by a governing body, like × speed ratings, class speed ratings are quoted by the manufacturers but unverified by any independent evaluation process.

Important differences between the Speed Class and the traditional CD-ROM drive speed measurement ("×" speed ratings) are:

  • 1. the ability of the host device to query the SD card for the speed class and determine the best location to store data that meets the performance required
  • 2. class speed defines the minimum transfer speed.
  • Since the class rating is readable by devices, they can issue a warning to the user if the inserted card's reported rating falls below the application's minimum requirement.
On 21 May 2009, Panasonic announced new class 10 SDHC cards, claiming that this new class is "part of SD Card Specification Ver.3.0". Toshiba also announced cards based on the new 3.0 spec As of December 2009, the SD Association's Web site does not include information on this new class or new specification.

× rating

The × rating is a unit of measurement equal to 1.2 Mbit/s. It is derived from the standard CD-ROM drive speed of 1.2 Mbit/s. Basic cards transfer data up to six times (6×) the data rate of the standard CD-ROM speed (7.2 Mbit/s vs 1.2 Mbit/s). The 2.0 specification defines speeds up to 200×, but unlike the class rating system, does not mandate that x-ratings measure the card's sustained write-speed. For most cards, the maximum read speed is typical faster than its maximum write speed, leading some manufacturers to use read-speed as the ×-rating measurement. Other vendors, such as (Kingston, use write-speed.[ This table lists common ratings and minimum transfer rates.
 
Rating Write Speed
(Mbit/s)
SD Class
7.2  
10× 12.0  
13× 16.0 2
26× 32.0 4
32× 38.4 5
40× 48.0 6
66× 80.0 10
100× 120.0 15
133× 160.0 20
150× 180.0 22
200× 240.0 30
266× 320.0 40
300× 360.0 45

 

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