New spec is much faster and has more storage
If you take two of the largest names in the photography industry and combine it with one of the largest firms in the in flash storage business you have a lot of industry weight behind any new format that they propose. Sony, Nikon, and SanDisk have all teamed up to offer up a new next generation memory card format that promises lots of performance.
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The firms have proposed a new specification to the CompactFlash Association with the hopes that the new specs become standardized. The trio figures that with the advent of lots of devices that can record HD video and need lots of speed and storage capacity to do that requires a new spec with more performance and capacity than offerings today can muster.
The new specification proposes data transfer rates of up to 500MB/s, which is the theoretical transfer limit for the PCI Express interface. The CF specification in use right now uses the older and much slower PATA interface with a maximum performance of 167MB/s. The new specification has a maximum storage capacity of 2TB.
“This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the board, CFA. “This next generation format is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs.”
“The ultra high-speed media, which will be realized by this new card format, will expand the capability of digital SLR cameras and other professional digital imaging equipment,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company, Nikon Corporation.
A new specification like this is needed for pro level and consumer users that have prosumer and professional HD and 3D video cameras that have very large file sizes and need to be able to write data quickly to the storage unit. File sizes for video continue to grow and a faster specification will mean that users of high-resolution DSLR cameras can shoot longer bursts without lag often associated with the practice today.