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New Memory Card Format From Compact Flash - A new memory format has been announced by the Compact Flash Association, designed with high speed in mind.

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The CompactFlash Association has announced the new XQD(TM) specification as a new memory card format, smaller than Compact Flash, but larger than SD memory cards. Cameras that will support this new memory card format have not yet been announced.

From Compact Flash: XQD Introduces Industry Leading Performance

Cupertino, California – Dec. 7th, 2011 - The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to
announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This
XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for
future performance scaling.

The CFA has adopted a new card specification with exciting performance and storage capabilities.

The key features of the XQD format include:

Optimized form-factor
  • Dimensions : 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm
  • Durable & Robust
Scalable High Performance Interface
  • PCI Express: 2.5Gbps today and 5Gbps Future
Actual Write Speeds
  • Target 125MB/sec and Higher
To distinguish the new memory card format, an XQD compatibility mark has been created as
shown above.

“The XQD 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 of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.

XQD Card

XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in
Yokohama, Japan.

Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for
more information.

The CFA (logo), CF (logo), CF+ and CFast are trademarks of the CFA and are licensed royalty free to its members. The CFA is a licensee of the CompactFlash® and XQD trademarks and in turn will license it royalty free to its members. The PCI Express® design mark is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.

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8 Dec 2011 - 2:44 PM


Quote: ...smaller than Compact Flash, but larger than SD memory cards.

The 'technology' will therefore fit a standard CF card in physical terms - and the world is awash with cameras using this media format i.e. there market is already there...

Why is the tail wanting to wag the dog??

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pulsar69  91611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2011 - 3:47 PM

Quote: Why is the tail wanting to wag the dog??

Lol Mike

I think all the tails are trying to make us buy new dogs !

beeza410  431 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2011 - 5:01 PM

I agree with Pulsar on this one

8 Dec 2011 - 7:17 PM

Andrew has a point - no 'argument' at all...

So now we wait while all the manufactures weigh up the costs of incorporating their new technology... Again - I ask why?

My D300 is now 'old Technology' (body-wise) but, with the ability to capture 19 RAW frames @ 8/sec and some stratospheric figure in jpg, and the 'latest 'n greatest' capturing at 14+ fps - why?

Why!!? Why pitch it's form-factor between two Industry-Standards?

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franken e2 Member 112916 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2011 - 7:28 PM

They appear to have created a solution to a problem that doesn't exist!


pulsar69  91611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2011 - 7:56 PM

no idea on the technicals but are we starting to see cards designed around the HD movie side of things with their massive size and stupendous read/write speeds , is there any other reason for needing that sort of speed ? we still use 4 cards or more at weddings so to not have all eggs in one basket in case of a fail so professionally speaking ridiculous size cards could be a negative thing ?

9 Dec 2011 - 12:02 PM

So how long before an adapter for small CF to Standard CF is released copied and sold all over Ebay

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