Western Digital launches ‘world’s fastest’ flash memory card and host of new products at Mobile World Congress

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Western Digital has launched what it claims is the world’s fastest flash memory card, the 400 GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC, and a number of other new products in time for the Mobile World Congress. 

Not exactly an easy name to remember but the company says the module is “designed to deliver the performance required for the next wave of data and content-intensive applications”.

What Western Digital means is that the new card is designed for memory-hungry applications such as “immersive virtual reality”, and 4K video, which is becoming the standard quality for moving images, even on mobile devices.

Western Digital is also releasing two new solid-state drives – the PC SN720 and PC SN520 – which the company claims are the first to be built with the “groundbreaking” NVMe platform.

The PC SN is currently sampling with select customers and will be available in 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB and 2TB capacities.

The PC SN520 is also being previewed by select companies and will be available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities.

Eyal Bek, senior director of client SSD, devices business unit, Western Digital, says: “With this new vertically integrated SSD platform, we are able to optimize the architecture to our NAND for low latency and power efficiency, and most important, for the growing range of applications benefiting from NVMe.

“The scalable architecture supports a range of capacity and performance points, while streamlining system qualification to improve time-to-market for our customers.”

Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager, client solutions, Western Digital, says: “Consumers expect an increasingly better mobile experience, and with our 3D NAND technology, we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to enable them to create and enjoy more rich content on their devices.

“Our expertise in flash memory and microSD card electronics enables us to achieve unmatched performance.

“The breakthrough SanDisk microSD card is evidence of Western Digital’s commitment to delivering more advanced solutions that enable data to thrive.”