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Delkin unveils Elite 633 SDHC UHS-1 cards, USB 3.0 card reader  
Thursday, April 7, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Later this month, Delkin will ship a line of SDHC cards specified to deliver up to 95MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds, and has already released a USB 3.0 card reader that accepts CompactFlash, SD/SDHC/SDXC and several other memory card formats.

Delkin Elite 633 SDHC UHS-1

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The official 95MB/s read and 80MB/s write speed rating suggests the Delkin Elite 633 SDHC UHS-1 will be the fastest SD-format cards available, by a wide margin, in devices that can take advantage of their throughput potential.

To begin to do that, the camera or card reader has to support UHS-1, a data transfer protocol outlined in the SD 3.x specification. Cameras that incorporate UHS-1 include the Nikon D5100 and D7000 and possibly the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D too. Card readers include the new USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader from Delkin and SanDisk's Extreme Pro Express Card Adapter for SDHC/SDXC. The Elite 633 SDHC cards can be used in cameras and readers that don't support UHS-1 as well, albeit at slower read and write speeds.

Under the hood, the Elite 633 cards utilize components from Toshiba, and are based on cards the Japanese electronics giant announced last fall.

The Elite 633 SDHC UHS-1 series will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities and are to ship from Delkin to retailers in the U.S. and Canada starting next week. Shipments to European retailers are to start at the end of the month. Minimum advertised prices in the U.S. (which usually track closely with actual street prices at launch) are as follows:
A 64GB SDXC version is planned "for the near future," says a press release, but a ship date has not been set.

USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader

The USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader is the first USB 3.0 reader to emerge from a name brand accessory maker and promises quicker card-to-computer transfers than a USB 2.0 reader when copying photos from speedier memory cards.

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On the Move: The Delkin USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader (Photo courtesy Delkin)

The new reader accepts CompactFlash Type I/II, SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/SDHC and various other memory card formats. It's compatible with both Mac (OS 9 and later) and Windows (2000 SP4/ME/XP/Vista/7). To operate at USB 3.0 speeds it must be connected of course to a USB 3.0 port on the computer, and the OS version must be USB 3.0-capable as well. Otherwise, it will fall back to the slower throughput of the USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port it's plugged into.

The USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader began to ship from Delkin to retailers in the U.S. and Canada earlier this week. Shipments to European retailers will commence next week. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99 in the U.S.
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