Kioxia has created the industry's first 2TB MicroSD card
Mass production starts in 2023
Published: 28th September 2022 | Source: KIOXIA |
Kioxia has created working 2TB MicroSD prototypes
Using their latest BiCS 3D NAND, Kioxia has successfully created the first working 2TB MicroSDXC memory card prototypes, ushering in a new era of high capacity ultra-portable storage. These new MicroSD cards are UHS-I memory cards that support the maximum capacity of the MicroSDXC standard.
While the MicroSDXC standard has supported cards with 2TB capacities for over a decade, no manufacturers have been able to successfully produce a working 2TB MicroSD card until now. Simply put, the compact size of MicroSD cards have made the creation of 2TB cards problematic, requiring a lot of innovation to make Kioxia's new 2TB prototypes possible.
Kioxia plans to mass produce their 2TB MicroSDXC memory cards next year. Sadly, this means that consumers will need to wait a while before Kioxia's ultra high capacity SD cards become available to customers.
These high capacity MicroSD cards are ideal for high resolution video capture, gaming application (on a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck), or for other scenarios where high capacity MicroSD cards are desirable. At this time, we do not know how much Kioxia's planned 2TB SSDs will cost, though we can expect them to be expensive.
Below is Kioxia's Press Release for their 2TB Exceria Plus MicroSD card prototypes.
Press Release - Kioxia Develops Industry's First 2TB microSDXC Memory Card Working Prototypes
Kioxia Corporation, a world leader in memory solutions, today announced the industry's first 2 terabyte (TB) microSDXC memory card working prototypes. Using its innovative BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and an in-house designed controller, basic functions of the KIOXIA 2 TB microSDXC UHS-I memory card working prototypes were confirmed in the microSDXC standard's maximum density.
As the data recording capacity of smartphones, action cameras, and portable game consoles continues to increase, the need for ultra-high capacity SD memory cards to store all of this data has never been higher. The SD Association's SDXC specification has supported memory cards up to 2 TB for more than a decade—but 2 TB cards have not been successfully manufactured until now.
Designed using the company's proprietary manufacturing technology, the KIOXIA 2 TB card working prototypes are built by stacking sixteen 1 terabit dies of 3D flash memory and achieve a maximum thickness of 0.8 mm at the die mounting area - making them well-suited to high-capacity data recording applications.
Mass production of the KIOXIA 2 TB microSDXC memory cards is scheduled to begin in 2023.