The new card represents a 56 percent increase on the current highest capacity MicroSD, a 128GB card thanks to SanDisk using a proprietary design and production process that allows for more bits of memory per chip.

It didn't disclose details of the process, but the capacity of the card gives a clue as to how close it has come to the current limits of manufacturing technology.

Sandisk boosts Micro SD capacity to 200GB

Memory chips are typically sized in powers of 2, with steps such as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Keeping that patten would result in a 256GB chip, but it appears SanDisk wasn't able to do that. Instead, it settled for 200MB.

That's not to take away from the company's development work. Fitting that much storage on a card the size of a fingernail is big achievement.

The card supports data transfer at up to 90MB per second, or around 1,200 photos per minute.

It will be available worldwide in the second quarter for $400.

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