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Fake SD cards are still an industry issue

20th July 2016

Last year, we looked at the danger of counterfeit SD cards, which, unfortunately, continues to be an issue that demands the attention of industry professionals.

Like any product, SD memory cards are under threat from counterfeits on the market. These fake cards are often defective products intercepted from destruction to be sold on elsewhere as the real thing for huge profit, or are cards with a low capacity that have been overwritten to show a higher one.

Many unwitting buyers of counterfeit SD cards experience data corruption or loss and simply think the manufacturer has made a faulty product. Others buy these cards for the low price, knowing the risk they might be fake, but not willing to pay for the genuine item. Whatever the reason, these cards are continuing to be sold and bought through multiple online and offline outlets, and can cause those using them to lose huge amounts of data or simply not be up to the job they have been purchased for.

It’s essential to know the real details of the card you’re purchasing so you can be sure you’re using the appropriate type for your project. For example, SD cards used in automotive projects, or other industrial sectors, need to be able to withstand extreme temperatures and high levels of shock or vibration.

Not only do fake cards put you at risk of data loss and cost more than they’re worth, but they harm the SD card industry through reputational damage and lost revenue, and ultimately drive up the costs of genuine cards. The only people who stand to benefit from these fraudulent products are those who are making the sales.

Protect yourself from buying fake products by working with an industry-trusted expert in flash memory…

Cardwave is a multi-award-winning company, with over a decade of experience, and a huge partner portfolio of trusted manufacturers to suit every application. Cardwave works with these manufacturers directly, so you can be assured that we only offer quality products, and we can help you in determining the solution that’s most suitable for your needs.

Cardwave CEO, Paul Norbury, is also a Board Member of the SD Association, which creates and promotes SD standards to manufacturers for the vast variety of SD card usages.

To find out more about our solutions and how we can take the worry out of buying, call us on 01380 738395 or email us at



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