The Nintendo GameCube received generally positive reviews following its launch. PC Magazine praised the overall hardware design and quality of games available at launch. CNET gave an average review rating, noting that while the console lacks a few features offered by its competition, it is relatively inexpensive, has a great controller design, and launched a decent lineup of games. In later reviews, criticism mounted against the console often centering on its overall look and feel, describing it as “toy-ish.” In the midst of poor sales figures and the associated financial harm to Nintendo, a Time International article called the GameCube an “unmitigated disaster.”
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Kingston offers Flash drives designed for and certified by Microsoft® for use with Windows® To Go. A feature of Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows to Go lets IT administrators provide mobile and contingency workers with secure access to the corporate environment.
The SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer is a solution for hi-speed, bi-directional image and data transfer. Images and data can be transferred quickly from Secure Digital Card (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC), or MicroSD memory cards to PCs or Macs. This is particularly useful in many applications, including digital cameras, video cameras, mobile phones, MP3, and other 4 mobile devices. This item is an ideal way to bridge the gap between your desktop computer and other CE products.
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Flash memory architecture includes a memory array stacked with a large number of flash cells. A basic flash memory cell consists of a storage transistor with a control gate and a floating gate, which is insulated from the rest of the transistor by a thin dielectric material or oxide layer. The floating gate stores the electrical charge and controls the flow of the electrical current.
SanDisk Standard SD cards give you plenty of room to capture and store all your precious photos, safely and securely. Fast, and built to last, you can count on SanDisk Standard SD cards to be ready when you are, every day.
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Flash dual inline memory module (DIMM), otherwise known as memory channel solid-state storage, which exploits idle DIMM DRAM slots as low-latency, high-performance flash cache to buffer host server performance.
A £5 SD card from a supermarket will give you the same results as using the latest generation of card from Lexar, SanDisk or Samsung. The difference, however, is that the cheaper card may do it much more slowly, be less reliable, have fewer backup measures, different components, and, in terms of memory card data recovery, may not be such a wise choice if things go wrong and your images go missing.
NOR and NAND flash get their names from the structure of the interconnections between memory cells. In NOR flash, cells are connected in parallel to the bit lines, allowing cells to be read and programmed individually. The parallel connection of cells resembles the parallel connection of transistors in a CMOS NOR gate. In NAND flash, cells are connected in series, resembling a NAND gate. The series connections consume less space than parallel ones, reducing the cost of NAND flash. It does not, by itself, prevent NAND cells from being read and programmed individually.
I think it’s pretty cool you can use standard SD and Micro SD in it, but I opted to use my 16GB Micro SDHC from my old phone because standard SD sticks WAY out (be sure to insert the Micro SD upside down). The Micro SD still sticks out from the side of the reader about 1/4”, and I’m curious to know why they couldn’t have designed the reader to accept Micro SD from the rear of it so you won’t accidentally tug on it when inserting/removing the reader.
The adapter works to import image files to the iOS Photos app. I’m running iOS 9.2 on an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro. The transfer speed on the iPad Pro is faste The adapter works to import image files to the iOS Photos app. I’m running iOS 9.2 on an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro. The transfer speed on the iPad Pro is faster, rated at USB 3.0 speeds as opposed to the iPhone’s USB 2.0 speed. I transferred a Nikon D800 RAW file, which are huge 36 megapixel files, in about 2 seconds on the iPad and roughly 5 seconds on the iPhone. If you’re working with RAW files, make sure your camera model is supported by iOS. Once the files are transferred to your Photos app, you will still need an app to convert the RAW files to file types compatible with the photo editor apps you use. Most will convert to JPG at this time. I’m using the piRAWnha app but there are others. Even the current Adobe apps for iOS will only work with JPG files—Lightroom and Photoshop Fix are the two I tested. More(Read full review)
Most modern microcontrollers have built-in SPI logic that can interface to an SD card operating in its SPI mode, providing non-volatile storage. Even if a microcontroller lacks the SPI feature, the feature can be emulated by bit banging. For example, a home-brew hack combines spare General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins of the processor of the Linksys WRT54G router with MMC support code from the Linux kernel. This technique can achieve throughput of up to 1.6 Mbit/s.
Flash memory offers non-volatile data storage and thus is capable of retaining it’s data even when it’s power source has been turned off. This makes it ideal for devices such as digital cameras where batteries go dead often. With being able to retain data even when power is lost you can rest assured that all your pictures will still be kept safe on the memory card. Examples of flash memory cards include Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, Compact Flash (CF) memory cards, and Sony’s Memory Sticks (MS, M2, MS Duo, MS Pro, and MS Pro Duo) to name a few. Other examples of proprietary and permanent flash memory devices include memory cards for video gaming systems.
Although the packaging was different than what was shown in the picture, I got what I expected: A Gamecube memory card. 64 Megabytes is plenty for any persons use. My old cards were missing and most likely broken, and I wanted to re-live some old memories. This card has more than enough space to store some of my old favorites. It gets the job done, and it was cheap, but I have experienced a few problems. Sometimes the Gamecube says that the memory card isn’t placed in Slot A, despite having the memory card securely in Slot A for weeks and not even touching it. This happens rarely, but because I have been playing the Gamecube so much, it is quite annoying when I have to blow inside the card and keep plugging it back into the Gamecube, hitting “Try Again” when it says there’s nothing in Slot A, then eventually turning the system off and on and hoping that it will work. Every time, it will eventually work. I just hope that it will keep working. Anyway, it is what it is. Its a cheap Gamecube Memory Card, and it does its job.
A group called the Open NAND Flash Interface Working Group (ONFI) has developed a standardized low-level interface for NAND flash chips. This allows interoperability between conforming NAND devices from different vendors. The ONFI specification version 1.0 was released on 28 December 2006. It specifies:
SanDisk Corporation is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company. It is a global leader in flash memory cards–from research, manufacturing, and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk holds more than 1,700 U.S. patents and more than 1,100 foreign patents.
NOR flash is fast on data reads, but it is typically slower than NAND on erases and writes. NOR flash programs data at the byte level. NAND flash programs data in pages, which are larger than bytes, but smaller than blocks. For instance, a page might be 4 kilobytes (KB), while a block might be 128 KB to 256 KB or megabytes in size. NAND flash consumes less power than NOR flash for write-intensive applications.
If your smartphone, tablet or entry-level point-and-shoot camera has a memory card slot, you may opt to add a memory card to store your photos, videos, and other data like apps or music. In these cases, you will be more concerned about the card’s storage capacity than its speed. Though they are small, microSD cards can offer large capacities of 128GB and more. Whichever size card you’re interested in, you’ll want to make sure before you buy that your device will support that capacity.
NAND flash architecture was introduced by Toshiba in 1989. These memories are accessed much like block devices, such as hard disks. Each block consists of a number of pages. The pages are typically 512 or 2,048 or 4,096 bytes in size. Associated with each page are a few bytes (typically 1/32 of the data size) that can be used for storage of an error correcting code (ECC) checksum.
Speed Class supported host can indicate Speed Class symbol somewhere on the product, package or manual. Consumers can find the best card for a host via Speed Class symbol match; choose the same or higher class symbol card than class symbol of the host indicated.
We were really surprised with this little USB SD/Micro SD/MMC reader. The design is reminiscent of older USB flash sticks and as such may be a little awkward when used on a laptop machine in one’s lap. It comes complete with a small cap to go over the USB port, and like flash sticks, can get lost quite easily, but that’s all we could find to complain about.
HDD-based arrays have an actuator arm that enables data to be written to a specific block on a specific sector on the disk. All-flash storage systems do not require moving parts to write data. The writes are made directly to the flash memory, and custom software handles data management.
The Transcend USB 3.1 Type-C Multi-Card Reader is our previous runner-up pick. It performed similarly to the Unitek and the Iogear, with SD card read and write speeds of 84 MB/s and 79 MB/s, respectively. It also works with microSD and CF cards, though its CF write speeds were about 15 MB/s lower than our top pick’s. Its microSD port had an issue with write speeds, too—when we tested two Transcend readers on a Mac, one performed at an abysmal 8 MB/s and the other at a decent, but slow 44 MB/s. In the same setup, most other readers gave us write speeds of about 60 MB/s. It has a legacy Memory Stick slot on its back (if that matters to you) and comes with a two-year warranty.
A card’s read speed describes how fast data can be retrieved from a card. This performance is seen when transferring card contents to computers and printers for example. A faster read speed will transfer images to your computer more rapidly also (depending on how the SD card is wired up to the computer, as a direct connection vs USB 2 vs FireWire 800 vs USB 3 will make a significant difference also, as will, potentially, your hard disk or SSD storage memory speed).
PCIe-based SSDs are designed around Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, a high-speed expansion card format that connects a computer with its attached peripherals. PCIe has a point-to-point architecture, allowing each device to connect to a host via its own serial link, rather than by sharing a network bus. By virtue of this direct connection, PCIe SSDs are generally rated to deliver higher performance than server-based Serial Advance Technology Attachment (SATA), Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) or Fibre Channel (FC) SSDs.
The reverse happens when using Fowler-Nordheim tunneling to trap electrons in the floating gate. Electrons manage to forge through the thin oxide layer to the floating gate in the presence of a high electric field, with a strong negative charge on the cell’s source and the drain and a strong positive charge on the control gate.
ArtX was acquired by ATI in April 2000, whereupon the Flipper graphics processor design had already been mostly completed by ArtX and was not overtly influenced by ATI. In total, ArtX team cofounder Greg Buchner recalled that their portion of the console’s hardware design timeline had arced from inception in 1998 to completion in 2000. Of ATI’s acquisition of ArtX, an ATI spokesperson said, “ATI now becomes a major supplier to the game console market via Nintendo. The Dolphin platform is reputed to be king of the hill in terms of graphics and video performance with 128-bit architecture.”
Nintendo sold 22 million GameCube units worldwide during its lifespan, placing it slightly behind the Xbox’s 24 million, and well behind the PlayStation 2’s 153 million. The GameCube’s predecessor, the Nintendo 64, outperformed it as well selling nearly 33 million units. The console was able to outsell the short-lived Dreamcast, however, which yielded 9.13 million unit sales. In September 2009, IGN ranked the GameCube 16th in its list of best gaming consoles of all time, placing it behind all three of its sixth-generation competitors: the PlayStation 2 (3rd), the Dreamcast (8th), and the Xbox (11th). As of March 31, 2003, the GameCube had sold 9.55 million units worldwide, falling short of Nintendo’s initial goal of 10 million consoles.
By repeating deletion and write of files, data area is gradually fragmented and it influences write speed. Generally, write speed to a fragmented area is slower than sequential write speed due to flash memory characteristics. In an era when memory capacity is not large enough, fragmented write needed to be considered. However, high capacity memory card is available at this time, Speed Class write is defined to perform sequential writes to a completely un-fragmented area (called “Free AU”). It makes Speed Class controls of host easy. On the other hand, even unused memory exists in total, there is a possibility that host cannot perform Speed Class recording. In that case, data arrangement to reduce fragmented area or move data to anther storage to re-format the card will be required. Video Speed Class supports “Suspend/Resume” function that can stop and retrieve sequential write. By using the function, it is possible to improve memory usage ratio considerably.
Howard Cheng, technical director of Nintendo technology development, said the company’s goal was to select a “simple RISC architecture” to help speed development of games by making it easier on software developers. IGN reported that the system was “designed from the get-go to attract third-party developers by offering more power at a cheaper price. Nintendo’s design doc for the console specifies that cost is of utmost importance, followed by space.” Hardware partner ArtX’s Vice President Greg Buchner stated that their guiding thought on the console’s hardware design was to target the developers rather than the players, and to “look into a crystal ball” and discern “what’s going to allow the Miyamoto-sans of the world to develop the best games”.
A big bright blue indicator light makes life easier, lighting up when connected to your computer and flashing when accessed. We used it on a laptop with Windows 7 to access a 1 Gb micro SD card that…. wait for it…. had been horribly and evilly, and quite accidentally drowned in the washing machine (Mr. Mr. doesn’t know how to check his pants pockets when I’m screaming ‘Hurry up already!’… obviously all his fault!), and it worked flawlessly with the tiny drowned card! Whew! Phone dead. Info saved!
The Video Speed Classes defined by the SD Association are V6, 10,30,60 and 90. V6 and V10 can be applied to High Speed and UHS Bus IF product family. V30 can be applied to UHS Bus IF product family. V60 and V90 can be applied to UHS-II / UHS-III product family.
SDHC card: This card has the same form factor as an SD card, with specifications that define SDHC card capacities from 4 GB to 32 GB. These devices were developed to tackle high-definition video and high-resolution images. Although SD cards will work in an SDHC device, an SDHC card will not function in an SD card-based digital camera or card reader.
Consumer flash storage devices typically are advertised with usable sizes expressed as a small integer power of two (2, 4, 8, etc.) and a designation of megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB); e.g., 512 MB, 8 GB. This includes SSDs marketed as hard drive replacements, in accordance with traditional hard drives, which use decimal prefixes. Thus, an SSD marked as “64 GB” is at least 64 × 10003 bytes (64 GB). Most users will have slightly less capacity than this available for their files, due to the space taken by file system metadata.
UHS-II standard SDHC/SDXC cards were recently released by Sandisk and aim to offer quicker transfer rates, increasing write speeds up to 250MB/s or faster. The Sandisk Extreme Pro cards match up with the sheer amount of data streaming through the camera’s buffer when shooting lots of Raw files or high quality HD movies. Prices can range between around £50-£150 depending on the capacity (currently 16-64GB).
The first thing to be certain of when purchasing an SD card is what kind works in your camera. Is it a regular SD card or a microSD card? Keep in mind, many microSD cards come with adapters that let you use them in devices that normally take SD cards.
If you’re planning to use your camera, smartphone or camcorder to take high-resolution video, such a 1080P or 4K UHD, you’ll want to make sure you have a large capacity card to avoid needing to empty it after a small amount of footage.
Allow me a tiny bit of backstory here: when I transitioned over from one mobile OS to another (from Android to WP8), I completely lost my USB audio streaming because my [then] car (a 2011 KIA Forte), only read audio from devices that allow USB Mass Storage upon device connect (Android does, WP8 doesn’t, it uses Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), unreadable in every USB enabled car *I’ve* driven). It was was dangerous streaming music via my car’s Bluetooth because that car only allows volume control via that method, I had to pick up my phone to change songs or reach over to the windshield mount and fumble with it that way. Totally unsafe, the focus should be on driving
The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video you have on your computer may not import. That’s true, but there’s a way to fix it. Here’s how: 1. Update iOS device to iOS9.2 or later. 2. Using your computer, create a folder called “DCIM” to the root of your SD card (or microSD). 3. Copy the images/videos into the DCIM folder. 4. Rename each image/video file like this “GOPRXXXX”, where XXXX is a unique and incrementing number. For example, if you had one JPG file and one .MOV file, name them GOPR0001.JPG and GOPR0002.MOV. Incrementing numbers may not be required, but “GOPR” + 4 numeric characters are. 5. Safely eject SD card from computer, plug Reader into the iOS device, place SD card into the Reader, and Photos app should open. If you’re file naming is acceptable, Import will remain open and allow you to view/import the files. Import and you’re done! Note #1: Other common digital-camera file naming conventions will most likely work. Note #2: I’ve successfully imported several image filetypes: .jpg, .png, .raw. And these video types: .mov, .m4v, .MP4. I am sure many more will work. Also, you can have a mix of filetypes on the SD card simultaneously, and the import will work. For example, import will work with .jpg and .png and .m4v files on the card at the same time. This reader itself deserves 4 or 5 stars. It worked for me with several microSDHC cards of various levels of quality, each using a different SD adapter. However, it’s the Photos app I find problematic. The Photos->Import feature requires a strict file structure like the one given above. A file named wookie_wants_cookie.jpg won’t import. Why can’t it be intelligent enough to accept any filename? More(Read full review)
SD cards and host devices initially communicate through a synchronous one-bit interface, where the host device provides a clock signal that strobes single bits in and out of the SD card. The host device thereby sends 48-bit commands and receives responses. The card can signal that a response will be delayed, but the host device can abort the dialogue.
Speed class is a minimum sustained writing performance speed for SD cards. This means that it’s the speed it can write data to the card consistently. Speed class is mainly useful when you’re shopping for a card to use with video recording, since you’ll be continuously writing to the card. The higher the speed class, the more data you can write to the card in the same amount of time. Pay attention to this when deciding what card you need for the desired resolution you’d like to film in.
At its outset the Association represented just 14 member companies and has grown into a global alliance comprised of around 1,000 member companies. By developing and adopting SD standards, members enjoy better compatibility of member cards between devices, greatly enhancing consumer enjoyment and convenience.
Host devices that comply with newer versions of the specification provide backward compatibility and accept older SD cards. For example, SDXC host devices accept all previous families of SD memory cards, and SDHC host devices also accept standard SD cards.
There are wide discrepancies in memory access speed depending on the SD memory card manufacturer and brand. Varying speeds make it difficult to make out which card can surely record streaming contents. Recording video require a constant minimum write speed to avoid ‘frame drop’ during recording for a smooth playback. The SD Association has defined various Speed Class standards to answer a demand for advanced video quality recording. Speed Class symbols indicated to host and card products help users decide the best combination for reliable recording (no frame drop). There are three kinds of speed indications:
Media supported: microSD card, secure digital high capacity (SDHC), secure digital (SD) card, Multimedia Card (MMC), miniSD card, microSD high capacity (microSDHC), TransFlash, secure digital extended capacity (SDXC), (RS-MMC)