CompactFlash Assoc. Approves XQD V.2.0 Specification for 4K Production

CompactFlash Assoc. Approves XQD V.2.0 Specification for 4K Production


Cupertino, CA—The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announced the XQD V.2.0 specification in flash memory card markets was approved for executive member voting by the CFA board of directors. General availability of the XQD V.2.0 specification for members is February 2014.

Since 1995, CFA has consistently created specifications to meet the current and future requirements for professional imaging and video markets. XQD V.2.0’s performance capability of up to 1GB/s (1000MB/sec) enables CFA to serve new professional video markets, such as high-definition TV production and cinema video production environments. XQD V.2.0 leverages the PCIe Gen2 x 2 and USB 3.0 interface for higher performance.

High-Definition TV production environments require digital intermediate compression formats where 2K @ 120 frames per second requires reliable performance. 4K production environments require 4x the data rates of 2K.

“As the cochairman of the CompactFlash Association, I am pleased to introduce XQD V.2.0, continuing our tradition of performance leadership,” said Tsutomu Ando of Canon, who cochairs the CFA board with Koichiro Kawamura of Nikon. “The higher performance provided by XQD V.2.0 will further increase the capabilities and value for photographers, videographers and cinematographers. I am very pleased and proud to see the CFA creating standards that address new professional market segments for CFA.”