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SanDisk, Sony and Nikon Propose High-speed Memory Cards

1 Dec, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

SanDisk, Sony and Nikon have jointly released specifications for a new type of memory card for larger files, and are hoping for approval by the international standards group CompactFlash Association.

Meant for professional photography and high-def video, the proposed specification would allow for data transfer at rates of up to 500 MB per second, compared to a maximum of 167 MB per second now. The companies said the new specification has the potential for capacities of up to 2 terabytes.

“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 Shigeto Kanda, chairman of the CFA board. "This next generation format is expected to be widely adapted to various products.”

In response to the proposed specs, the CFA has launched a new workgroup to study the format.

“The development of a new high-performance card standard with a serial interface will meet the needs of the professional imaging industry for years to come and open the door for exciting new applications,” Kanda said.


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