Memory card users, who complain of low speeds and low storage
capacities, rejoice. Major storage media manufacturers Sandisk, Sony,
and Nikon have proposed a new high-speed memory card format, which will
support up to 2TB capacities according to a report on The Inquirer.
These companies have already submitted their proposal to the
CompactFlash Association (CFA) and the international standards
organization to get the format approved.
According to its specifications, the new format supports a data
transfer rate of up to 500 MB/s using the PCI Express interface, as
against the CompactFlash's current PATA interface. It must be noted
that it was not more than a month ago that CompactFlash Association
released CF6.0 specifications with a maximum data transfer rate of 167
MB/s, which was quite an increase in the speed over the predecessor,
and the new proposed format by these companies is therefore going to be
a tremendous jump in data transfer speeds.
Shigeto Kanda, chairman of CFA board said, "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."
While, the new format is aimed to address the demands of better burst
speeds in RAW photography by professional photographers, it will
certainly enter the general market and start being used in popular
electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets and even point &
shoot digital cameras and HD camcorders.