Sony Unveils New High-Speed XQD Memory Cards
The new Sony XQD memory cards support the recently adopted XQD specification for high-speed, high-performance digital image capture. Using the XQD memory cards, XQD compatible high-end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera users can capture up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. In addition to outstanding high-speed data transfer capability, the new cards are highly reliable to protect users’ data and images. The Sony XQD memory card achieves stable continuous shooting of RAW images and blazing fast data transfer rates of up to 1Gbps/125MB/s write and read (based on Sony tests and dependent on host hardware) through the PCIe interface, a computer expansion card standard for serial interfaces.
The new Sony cards are based on the XQD memory card specification, which the CompactFlash Association recently approved and licensed as an open format. With its ultra-high write-speed performance, and when using Nikon’s new DSLR D4, the XQD memory card can record up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. A unique controller and optimized flash memory enables high-speed data processing, resulting in speed and performance that can’t be achieved by conventional compact flash cards. The new Sony product is expected to be available in February.