Toshiba brings to light another breakthrough technology that would aid in secure storage and distribution of high-definition content. The Japanese firm announced the release of new microSDHC cards at the headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The new cards will employ a content protection technology named ‘SeeQVault’. This leading-edge technology is the result of combined efforts of Toshiba Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation. SeeQVault is currently licensed through NSM Initiatives LLC (NSM is the acronym for Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative).
SeeQVault is developed to create a secure environment for accessing and viewing high-definition content, such as images, videos, movies, and more. The technology banks on a unique identifier and public key infrastructure to provide bidirectional authentication. SeeQVault can be used with flash memory cards and their host devices. NSM Initiatives LLC began to distribute the licenses to memory card manufacturers and mobile device makers on February 22.
Consumers can take advantage of this technology to access and view content across multiple platforms. They can access the latest digital content on a smartphone, tablet, or TV that is protected with an additional layer of security.
The microSDHC cards are compatible with the Ultra High Speed Bus I and the U1 UHS speed class. The initial product line-up features capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB. However, these will not be the exact figures for consumer-usable capacity due to various factors, such as overhead data areas, bad blocks, etc. The new cards are expected to hit the market by the end of 2013.