Tuesday, September 1st 2020

Angelbird Announces CFexpress 2.0 Type B Media Cards

Angelbird Technologies, the premier developer of camera-specific media solutions for professional creatives, announces the addition of two CFexpress 2.0 Type B memory cards to their high-performance lineup of AV PRO media solutions. The introduction of this new media format required us taking a step back and first asking questions that assessed the real-world challenges of content creation. "I know first-hand that you don't get a second shot at a true creative moment. With CFexpress we saw an opportunity to improve the technology, not just offer an amped-up, hot new form factor," says Angelbird co-founder and CEO, Roman Rabitsch.

"We start with an understanding of the increased demands of recording at ultra-high fps in resolutions up to 12K and beyond. We needed a powerful processor, a way to manage heat by-product, and a card that wouldn't drain battery life." From the beginning, we focused on sustained performance which led us to the Y1 controller - a super-processor that wasn't readily compatible with CFexpress technology. After long engineering trials at our media lab in Austria, we succeeded. We are now proud to offer unique CFexpress media solutions with the highest sustained speed and precision performance extended throughout the entire capacity of the card.
Sustained speed matters.
The call for the quick adoption of higher-resolution video production is being driven by fierce competition and increased demand for creative content from OTT channels. As more CFexpress compatible cameras become available, Angelbird's AV PRO CFexpress 2.0 Type B memory cards already far exceed the high-speed demands of the latest camera technology.

Angelbird's AV PRO CFexpress and AV PRO CFexpress XT offer max. write and read speeds up to 1500 MB/s and 1700 MB/s. But it's the sustained speed performance of our cards that is pushing the industry forward.

When it comes to CFexpress technology, minimum sustained speed matters most. Undesirable extreme throttling of card speed during recording is often times responsible for choppy image quality or dropped frames. For that reason, we emphasize our MINIMUM sustained speed of 1000 MB/s (AV PRO CFexpress) and 1480 MB/s (AV PRO CFexpress XT) as an indicator of rock-solid, Stable Stream performance that won't 'surge and drop-off' during recording sessions.

Won't overheat.
Adaptive Thermal Management - Our system protects the card from potential damage due to camera/processor heat by-product that can occur during prolonged recording.

Heat sensors within the card monitor operating temperature of processor and NAND flash components and protect the card and its contents by automatically signaling a safe shutdown or adapting performance so an optimal temperature range is reached.

Easy on battery life.
Low Power Use - With factor 5 using less power than other cards available, longer shooting and less generated heat is a given, resulting in longer lasting camera battery and extended card endurance.

Active Idle Control - When the card is not in use, it will go into a deep idle mode which consumes less than 0,1W resulting in longer lasting camera battery.
"Controlling the power use is crucial to finding the right balance between performance and temperature," says Rabitsch.

Two cards. Two options for precise media.
At the heart of Angelbird's CFexpress media cards is a Y1 controller designed for working with RAW photo and video files. This powerhouse processor assures sustained speed performance throughout the capacity of the card, thereby maximizing the tonal range of the camera sensor by extending optimal quality captures at ultra-high frame rates.
AV PRO CFexpress - is best suited for production work that requires a minimum sustained write speed of 1000 MB/s, with capacities of up to 2 TB, and soon even up to 4 TB.

AV PRO CFexpress XT - maximizes sustained write performance throughout the entire capacity of the card with a minimum write speed of 1480 MB/s. For high-capacity frame rate capture needs with data capacities up to 660 GB, and soon up to 1.3 TB. Ideal for specialized recording needs such as live broadcasting special events, single-take film production, complex and dramatic shoots, nature filmmaking, documentary interviews etc…
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10 Comments on Angelbird Announces CFexpress 2.0 Type B Media Cards

#1
lexluthermiester
In the specs image, I find interesting the operating temps stating a minimum, and especially the "Storage Temperature". I genuinely wonder what would happen under those temps. Electro-chemically speaking, they should continue operate just fine and storage shouldn't really be an issue at all. Interesting..
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Jokii
No mention of encryption, though. That's too bad.
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TheLostSwede
Jokii
No mention of encryption, though. That's too bad.
Your camera supports encryption on the fly?
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lexluthermiester
Jokii
No mention of encryption, though. That's too bad.
Out of curiosity? Why would you need such a function?
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Jokii
TheLostSwede
Your camera supports encryption on the fly?
No, but it should.
To be clear, I'm talking about encryption on the disk/card itself, the same way it's done on many SSDs nowadays. The device (PC, camera, phone...) in this case only handles the password.
lexluthermiester
Out of curiosity? Why would you need such a function?
I can think of several cases where you'd want recordings encrypted. Investigative journalism/reporting, for example...
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TheLostSwede
Jokii
No, but it should.
To be clear, I'm talking about encryption on the disk/card itself, the same way it's done on many SSDs nowadays. The device (PC, camera, phone...) in this case only handles the password.


I can think of several cases where you'd want recordings encrypted. Investigative journalism/reporting, for example...
Yeah, no devices outside of PCs do that.
And should is a very bold claim, as it'll add further cost to a barely used standard.
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lexluthermiester
TheLostSwede
Yeah, no devices outside of PCs do that.
And should is a very bold claim, as it'll add further cost to a barely used standard.
Strictly speaking, that's not true. Any device that uses host encryption(such as iOS & Android) does real-time encryption of anything stored, meaning that photo's and video's are natively encrypted real-time.
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TheLostSwede
lexluthermiester
Strictly speaking, that's not true. Any device that uses host encryption(such as iOS & Android) does real-time encryption of anything stored, meaning that photo's and video's are natively encrypted real-time.
On memory cards?
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#9
hurakura
And which CPU would do the encryption, the one in the camera or the one in the memory card?
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lexluthermiester
hurakura
And which CPU would do the encryption, the one in the camera or the one in the memory card?
The one on the SOC.
TheLostSwede
On memory cards?
Oh, good point. iOS doesn't have sd cards but some versions of Android(depends on config the maker sets up) allow for encryption of the sdcard.
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