CompactFlash group unveils XQD for cards
The CompactFlash Association on Wednesday brought out a true successor to its namesake card format. XQD sits between CF and SD cards in size but switches to the much more modern PCI Express interface to read data. Its switch should see real-world write speeds hit 125MB per second or higher, or enough to easily handle greater than HD video and burst shooting at very high still resolutions.
Also intros new security features, flash drives
SanDisk today unveiled several new additions to its product range. Heading up the announcements is what SanDisk is referring to as the world’s fastest high capacity CompactFlash card. The new CF card comes with 128GB of storage and with write speeds of up to 100MB/s. With CompactFlash remaining a format of choice for professional photographers using DSLR cameras, the new CF card incorporates a feature set aimed at professional photographers and videographers. It supports imaging applications requiring 1920x1080 resolution, up to 50Mbps bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling.
CompactFlash 5.0 provides space, quality guards
The CompactFlash Association today made available the fifth generation of its removable storage format. The 5.0 spec increases the addressing from 28 bits to 48 and provides an exponential gain in the amount of storage. Current cards are limited to at most 137GB, but the new format will allow as much as 144 petabytes (PB) once flash technology catches up with the new ceiling.
SanDisk faster CF cards
SanDisk on Tuesday announced the launch of a new, faster and more capacious 16GB Extreme IV CF card, as well as the fact that it and the rest of the Extreme IV range is now 12.5 percent faster, with read and write speeds now set at 45MBps, or 300X. Meant for use by professional photographers, all of the Extreme IV cards are also UDMA enabled, allowing the transfer of files to occur faster than before. At the same time, the portable memory maker introduced two ImageMate card readers, the All-in-one and Multi-Card USB 2.0 readers, each capable of transferring 1GB of data in 35 seconds.
Compact Flash RAID in 2.5"
Sans Digital has introduced Compact Flash (CF) enclosures, a new class of storage designed around flash media. The CompactSTOR CS1T and CompactRAID CR2T convert the widely popular Compact Flash card to a single 2.5-inch SATA hard drive storage device. The CS1T houses one Compact Flash card, while the CR2T supports spanning and RAID 1 (mirroring) by housing up to two Compact Flash cards. Unlike existing RAID units that utilize hard drives for storage space, the CS1T / CR2T uses pocket-sized lightweight Compact Flash cards as storage memory.
Delkin 16GB 305X Card
Delkin on Friday claimed to have the fastest-ever memory cards for high-end digital SLRs such as the Nikon D300. The storage maker's 16GB CompactFlash Pro uses the Ultra DMA bandwidth technology made available by some newer devices to achieve an unprecedented 305X speed rating, just topping the 300X record set by Lexar with enough speed to sustain 45MB per second regardless of the conditions.