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SanDisk Also Announces New CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today unveiled significant upgrades to its SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and announced that the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD has been qualified for 4K capture. These two products expand SanDisk's extensive portfolio of high-performance products designed for the professional broadcast, cinematography and photography industries.

"The performance demands for media and broadcast professionals continue to rise and SanDisk is committed to delivering leading-edge capture and storage technologies," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card and SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will help produce the highest quality content possible, and significantly improve workflow efficiency."

Green House Debuts a New Line of CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

Japanese company Green House Inc. today announced its latest, industrial-grade storage offering, the GH-CFS-NMB series CF 2.0 memory cards. Going from 4 GB to 64 GB, these cards feature MLC NAND Flash chips, a JMicron controller, ECC, bad block management, and are able to operate at 0 to 70 degrees Celsius.

The 4 GB model is the slowest, offering read/write speeds of 107/11 MB/s, while the 8 GB tops 132/21 MB/s, the 16 GB 256/39 MB/s, the 32 GB 312/85 MB/s and the 64 GB 312/153 MB/s. All five cards are backed by a three-year warranty.

Apacer Combo SDIMM Starts Sampling

Traditional PC providers are targeting the upcoming vast wave of replacement of enterprises'equipment caused by termination of Window XP system update service. Besides, a new generation of Internet of Things, cloud-based services and Smart Automation are booming and growing. These have created a great demand for terminal devices, along with the ever-increasing applications.Given the trend of compactness, it is very important that memory module features both simplicity and flexibility, as the storage devices designed for more and more system service resources and for the purpose of thinner hardware appearance.

Apacer, the leading professional manufacturer of memory modules, presented Combo SDIMM in Computex this year. The product derives from an innovative concept and underlines its innovative R&D design that integrates SSD (Solid State Drive) and DRAM on the DRAM Module, adding a new storage choice for principal customers of embedded industrial computer providers. It takes up less motherboard space occupied by storage devices and memory modules. Users can expand SSD storage capacity anytime. Currently Apacer has launched two SSD options, including M.2 NGFF and CFast memory card, both supporting SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface. It is a great breakthrough in storage device field.

Transcend Introduces CFast 2.0 CFX650/600 Memory Cards

With the rapid development in cinematography, the audience has also increased their demand for image quality. Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce the launch of its CFast 2.0 CFX650 and CFX600 Memory Cards.

Designed to support high-end 4K cameras and camcorders from the leading manufacturers and to meet the extreme demands of professional cinematography, Transcend's CFX650 memory cards feature the fastest transfer speeds available on the current market, while CFX600 boast the highest storage capacity. Both cards are best suited for the professional cinematographers shooting high-resolution 4K and Full HD videos.

ADATA Launches Industrial CFast 2.0 Memory Card

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the industrial CFast card -ISC3E, which combines the form-factor of a CF card with the high-speed SATA interface for both high reliability and secure operation, widening the application of industrial equipment.

ADATA's ISC3E CFast is compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1. The sequential read/write speed is up to 435/120 MB/s (MLC) and 165/170 MB/s (SLC). It is highly shock and vibration resistant, withstand extreme temperatures from -40 ºC to +85 ºC, and the MTBF is up to 2 million hours. With the features above, the ISC3E CFast is quite ideal for those industrial systems which require long-term operation. Additionally, the ISC3E operates at a low 3.3 volts, and supports DVESLP (Device Sleep) to save more power and prolongs the operation time.

Lexar Debuts Thunderbolt 2 Reader Hub

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today enhanced its Professional Workflow line to include the new Lexar Professional Workflow HR2, a four-bay Thunderbolt 2 reader hub, and the new Lexar Professional Workflow CR2, a CFast 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 reader. Both solutions give professional photographers and videographers the ability to quickly transfer 4K video and other large media files at speeds up to 20 Gb per second, four times the performance of the current USB 3.0 HR1 hub.

The Professional Workflow HR2 provides dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining and one USB 3.0 port, giving users total freedom to choose which interface they want to connect with. The Professional Workflow CR2 can be used in the reader hub alongside other readers or removed and used individually when in the field. Both the reader hub and reader are fully backwards compatible with the first generation of Thunderbolt and USB 2.0.

Apacer Launches Leading Industrial-grade CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

Since CompactFlash Association released the specification of CFast 2.0, Apacer has invested actively in R&D and taken the lead to roll out the first industrial-grade SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) high-speed transmission interface CFast 2.0 memory card around the globe. Its sequential speed is up to 310/240 MB/sec, which doubles the speed of its predecessor. Besides featuring a 2-Channel bidirectional structure, the CFast 2.0 adopts Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash, which brings its performance to a higher level. Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Business Unit Director of Apacer, suggested that, "Except that Apacer CFast 2.0 memory card is upgraded to double performance and speed, in order to meet the needs of harsh environment of industrial application and corporate cost-effectiveness, Apacer provides customers with choices between highly-durable SLC chip or highly cost-effective MLC chip.

Both chips are resistant to temperature change, vibration and shock in actual environment. Each kind of chip has a capacity of 4GB~32GB and 16GB~128GB respectively, with dimensions of 42.8mm x 36.4mm x 3.6mm and an adoption of (7+17) pin connector. Support for DEVSLP (Device Sleep) power mode enables them to switch into a low power state on standby mode so as to save power for companies."

Addonics Announces Sapphire SSD RAID Array Storage Line

Addonics Technologies today announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions, which are ideal for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance. The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives.

The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF. Both offer a flexible platform with USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available high-speed CFast cards.

Lexar Starts Sampling 3333x CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its technological leadership in the digital imaging market with the immediate sample availability of Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards and the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The CFast 2.0 specification is the next generation of high performance memory cards designed for professional applications in still imaging and video capture.

Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card
With capacities available for sampling in 256 GB, 128 GB, 64 GB, and 32 GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximize the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500 MB per second), which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card. Additionally, the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards will support the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional-quality video capture, and includes the latest version of Image Rescue software.

Apacer Launches Leading Industrial-grade CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

Since the CompactFlash Association released the specification of CFast 2.0, Apacer has invested actively in R&D and taken the lead to roll out the first industrial-grade SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) high-speed transmission interface CFast 2.0 memory card around the globe. Its sequential speed is up to 310/240 MB/sec, which doubles the speed of its predecessor. Besides featuring a 2-Channel bidirectional structure, the CFast 2.0 adopts Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash, which brings its performance to a higher level.

Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Business Unit Director of Apacer, suggested that, "Except that Apacer CFast 2.0 memory card is upgraded to double performance and speed, in order to meet the needs of harsh environment of industrial application and corporate cost-effectiveness, Apacer provides customers with choices between highly-durable SLC chip or highly cost-effective MLC chip. Both chips are resistant to temperature change, vibration and shock in actual environment. Each kind of chip has a capacity of 4 GB~32 GB and 16 GB~128 GB respectively, with dimensions of 42.8 mm x 36.4 mm x 3.6 mm and an adoption of (7+15) pin connector. Support for DEVSLP (Device Sleep) power mode enables them to switch into a low power state on standby mode so as to save power for companies."

SanDisk Launches World's First CFast 2.0 Memory Card

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography.

The 120 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card is the world's fastest memory card, with read speeds of up to 450 MB/s (3000X) for maximum workflow efficiency and write speeds up to 350 MB/s (2333X) for faster recording performance. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card's industry leading transfer speeds offer up to double the shot speed of today's fastest cards. With the new card, industry professionals are able to manage large files faster than ever. For example, a 100 GB file takes nearly 20 minutes to transfer from CompactFlash at 90 MB/s. With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, it takes only four minutes to transfer at 450 MB/s.

Axiomtek Announces Palm-Sized Atom-based Embedded System

Axiomtek rolls out a fanless embedded system in palm size featuring Intel Atom Cedarview processor N2600 1.6 GHz dual core with Intel NM10 Express chipset. The eBOX530-830-FL has an IP40-rated and rugged aluminum & cold-rolled steel enclosure to endure severe environment. It supports one VGA or one DisplayPort interface to fit more video resources. To resist extreme working temperatures and severe environments, its fanless operation design has unique thermal solution that allows it to perform noiseless at operating temperatures of -10°C to +50°C. The eBOX530-830-FL compact system is an application-ready platform that targets for nearly any field of space-limited and mobile applications like in-vehicle PCs, in-flight infotainment systems, digital signage, entry-level gaming, medical healthcare, and other automation & embedded applications.

Addonics Announces Internal and External mSATA/CFast Docks

Addonics Technologies today announced an internal and external reader/writer that allows you to use mSATA SSDs or CFast cards as removable media on any computer. Both solutions ensure maximum performance from mSATA or CFast media to simplify the task of transporting files from digital cameras, mobile devices, notebook and desktop PCs at read/write speeds of 5,000 mbps (USB 3.0) or 6,000 mbps (SATA/eSATA).

The Addonics External Reader/Writer comes bundled with mSATA and CFast adapters. The adapters convert the mSATA or the CFast media into a 1.8" micro SATA storage device that can be inserted into the open slot of the Reader/Writer. Designed to be powered directly from the USB port or eSATA/USB combo ports, the Reader/Writer connects to any system via eSATA or USB 3.0 and is plug-n-play with no software drivers to install.

Green House Unveils Three New CFast Memory Card Series

Japanese company Green House has today announced not one but three families of industrial-grade CFast memory cards, the SLC-based GH-CFS-NSA and GH-CFS-XSA, and the MLC-based GH-CFS-NMA. All three series make use of a JMicron controller and comply with the CFast Specification v1.0.

The models equipped with SLC NAND Flash have a MTBF of up to 4 million hours and deliver read/write speeds of up to 130/110 MB/s, while the MLC-powered cards have a 3 million-hour MTBF and top 130/120 MB/s when reading/writing (speeds vary with capacity).

All three CFast card lines are set to be released before the end of the month (so, this week). The GH-CFS-NSA and GH-CFS-XSA models come with a three-year warranty and go from 2 GB to 32 GB in terms of capacity, whereas the GH-CFS-NMA cards are backed by a one-year warranty and go from 8 GB to 64 GB.

Apacer Launches Ultra-High Speed Industrial CFast Cards

When it comes to the ever-evolving core technologies of embedded systems, data transmission efficiency and speed are the main targets for improvement. Apacer, one of the world's top ten PC SSD manufacturers, has introduced a new CFast memory card to support the SATA II 3 Gb/s high-speed transmission mode. After winning customers' favor, Apacer has now upgraded the capacity and speed of their industrial CFast memory cards. Additionally, these cards come in MLC solutions and support extended operating temperatures.

Apacer's latest industrial CFast card, features a peak reading speed of 160 MB/s, breaking the speed limits of the CF cards currently used by industrial enterprises. This speed is three times faster than typical industrial CF cards, dramatically promoting file transmission efficiency, making it one of the best storage solutions for high performance computing systems.

The CompactFlash Association Announces CFAST 2.0 Draft Specification

The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CFast2.0 draft specification and celebrates seventeen years of performance leadership in flash memory card markets. The CFast2.0 draft specification was approved by the CFA Board of Directors for a 90 day final approval vote by all voting members. General availability of the CFast2.0 specification for non-members is expected in Q4 of 2012.

The CompactFlash Association was formed in 1995 as the initial digital film format and continues to serve professional imaging markets where high performance and high quality recording media are important. CFA has consistently created specifications to meet the current and future requirements for professional imaging and video markets. CFast2.0’s performance capability of up to 600MB/sec enable CFA to serve new professional video markets such as high definition TV production and cinema video production environments.

SanDisk Announces Development of CFast Memory Cards

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that it is developing flash memory cards based on the new CFast2.0 specification introduced today by the CompactFlash Association (CFA). The new specification enables next-generation photo and video applications by delivering up to four times faster performance than the CompactFlash memory cards currently used in DSLR cameras and other imaging devices.

“CFast2.0 memory cards will help drive the future of professional photography and video-recording applications,” said Shuki Nir, senior vice president and general manager, Retail, SanDisk. “With the CFast2.0 specification’s unparalleled performance, flash memory can now enter new markets such as high-definition TV and even cinema production.”

The CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on CFast 2.0

The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the development of the CFast 2.0 specification, sponsored by SanDisk. The CFast 2.0 specification will be developed in the CFast workgroup and will leverage the CFast 1.1 specification which was released September 2008. Additional participation in this specification development will be welcomed.

CFast1.1 (SATA-2) cards and connectors are already available in the marketplace. CFast 2.0 will leverage the same connector interface as CFast 1.1 and the SATA-3 interface for higher performance. Host manufacturers will be able to leverage their experience and investment in the ATA storage protocol and media manufacturers will be able to leverage high volume solid state disk (SSD) controller technology to serve the high performance requirements of this market. The new format will have VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) capability with profiles capable of supporting digital intermediate formats such as ProRes, DPX, and DNxHD.
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