Exclusive: Micron’s 1.5TB MicroSD card costs more than diamond

Exclusive: Micron’s 1.5TB MicroSD card costs more than diamond

Greater than seven months after it was unveiled, the world’s first 1.5TB microSD card, Micron’s MTSD1T5ANC8MS-1WT, has landed, properly nearly. A handful of tech wholesalers have listed the cardboard in any other case referred to as the i400 on their web site and relying on what number of you want and which territory you might be shopping for from, prospects might have to attend for at the least 4 months. Mouser, Arrow and Avnet (plus its subsidiaries Farnell (opens in new tab), Newark (opens in new tab), Component14) have already listed it with Newark being the most cost effective at Newark, solely $420.53, a worth that features free supply.

Purchase at the least 12,000 of them to see the worth drop to $381 (with a complete price of greater than $4.5m), not a nasty worth for 18PB (sure, that’s Petabytes) of strong state storage that ought to weigh, not more than 4Kg (with out the packaging in fact). In case you have been questioning, this microSD card prices about the identical as its weight in 0.125 carat diamond ($1.1m per Kg).

Equally necessary is the information on these playing cards so keep in mind {that a} microSD is smaller than a fingernail. We advocate that you simply backup your information utilizing a cloud storage resolution (though you gained’t discover any free cloud storage that may do 1.5TB).

What comes subsequent?

Micron was the primary out of the with a 1TB card. The C200 is nearly 4 years outdated and it’s solely previously few months that the common worth – and relative availability of – 1TB MicroSD playing cards has improved. However how lengthy will 1.5TB capability stay the king of the hill stays anybody’s guess; Kioxia unveiled a 2TB Exceria Plus prototype again in September 2022 however whereas a tentative 2023 launch has been muttered, it’s prone to depend upon market circumstances (i.e. if there’s sufficient demand for it).

For these thinking about buying it although, simply keep in mind that it has a formatted capability of 1,430,511 Megabytes. Samsung and Kingston, two of the biggest strong state storage distributors, have but to launch any microSD playing cards with a 1TB or larger capability. 

On the time of writing, the most cost effective 1TB microSD card is a Silicon Energy mannequin at $87.99 (opens in new tab), a couple of third of the worth per TB of Micron’s i40. Amazon has loads of different faux 1TB microSD playing cards on its market and this endemic drawback hasn’t been resolved but. Must you purchase a microSD card, make certain it’s one in every of these 14 manufacturers: Samsung, Kingston, SP/Silicon Energy, Teamgroup, Sandisk, WD, PNY, Lexar, Inland, Gigastone, Patriot, Transcend, Amazon Fundamentals and MicroCenter. We wouldn’t belief any others.