Since the advent of digital photography professional photographers have been consistently pushing the limits of the memory cards available in the marketplace. The need for a card that writes at a high speed and has a large storage capacity is just as great as the need for smaller quality DSLR cameras.
The Compact Flash Association (CFA) has just announced a new memory card format, entitled the XQD, which boasts impressive performance numbers; it writes images at a minimum of 125MB per second and will launch with a PCI Express featuring 2.5GB per second. The XQD card has also been physically designed to stand up to the rigors of a professional’s shooting schedule and will fit into slots which can accommodate its dimensions of 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm. For comparison, CompactFlash (CF) has dimensions of 43 x 36 x 5 mm, and Secure Digital (SD) – 32 x 24 x 2.1 mm.
The CFA will begin licensing for the card early in 2012 and will show it off at in Japan at the CFA booth during February’s CP+2012.