Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, Sony ha annunciato le sue prime memory card compatibili con la specifica XQD, che a dicembre è stata standardizzata dalla CompactFlash Association (CFA). Le memory card XQD rappresentano una evoluzione delle attuali CompactFlash, compatibile con le fotocamere DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) di livello high-end.
Per fissare le idee, le nuove memory card XQD possono memorizzare fino a 100 frame in formato RAW (e dunque alla massima qualità possibile) in modalità di scatto continuo ("continuous shooting mode"); Sony a tal proposito precisa di aver misurato questo dato con l'ausilio di una fotocamera DSLR "D4" di Nikon.
Simuli risultati sono legati a transfer rate di primissimo piano, fino a 125MB/s in scrittura e fino a 1Gbps in lettura, impensabili per qualsiasi CompactFlash.
A febbraio saranno commercializzate le memory card XQD denominate QD-H16 e QD-H32: la prima ha una capacità di 16GB e un MSRP pari a $129.99, mentre la seconda ha una capacità di 32GB e un MSPR pari a $229.99. Sony renderà disponibili simultaneamente il card reader MRW-E80 (MSRP: $44.99) e l'ExpressCard Adapter QDA-EX1 (MSRP: $44.99).
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Giving photo enthusiasts and professional photographers a new level of speed and performance, the new Sony XQD memory cards support the recently adopted XQD specification for high-speed, high-performance digital image capture.
Using the XQD memory cards, XQD compatible high-end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera users can capture up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. In addition to outstanding high-speed data transfer capability, the new cards are highly reliable to protect users' data and images.
"Advanced shooters want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images," said Viviano Cantu, Director of Consumer Media for Sony Electronics. "Memory card technology has done a great job of keeping pace, but these new cards give an entirely new meaning to speed and performance."
The new Sony cards are based on the XQD memory card specification, which the CompactFlash Association recently approved and licensed as an open format. With its ultra high write-speed performance, and when using Nikon's new DSLR "D4," the XQD memory card can record up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode*.
The Sony XQD memory card achieves stable continuous shooting of RAW images and blazing fast data transfer rates of up to 1Gbps/125MB/s write and read (based on Sony tests and dependent on host hardware) through the PCIe interface, a computer expansion card standard for serial interfaces.
A unique controller and optimized flash memory enables high-speed data processing, resulting in faster write speed and performance that can't be achieved by conventional compact flash cards.
Sony is also introducing a USB 2.0/3.0 compatible XQD card reader (model MRW-E80) so users can quickly and easily transfer large quantities of very high capacity data to their PC. Also, an XQD ExpressCard Adapter (QDA-EX1) will be available for use with computers with an ExpressCard 34 card slot.
"As users' needs continue to evolve," Cantu added, "Sony will also continue to enhance the XQD memory card line-up to meet the future requirements of the high-end digital imaging market."
The new Sony products are planned to be available in February and are estimated to sell at the following retail prices:
- QD-H16 card, 16 GB, $129.99
- QD-H32 card, 32 GB, $229.99
- Card Reader, MRW-E80, $44.99
- ExpressCard Adapter, QDA-EX1, $44.99
For information, visit www.sony.net/Products/memorycard/en_us/xqd/index.html.
* When used with Nikon "D4," with capture of compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW) images; based on Nikon research.