CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on XQD 2.0 Memory Card Specs

CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on XQD 2.0 Memory Card Specs


Cupertino, CA—The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is currently developing the XQD 2.0 specification, sponsored by Sony Corporation, and will leverage the XQD 1.0 specification that was released October 2010. Additional participation in this specification development is welcomed.

XQD 1.0 cards and connectors are already available in the marketplace. XQD 2.0 will leverage the same connector interface as XQD 1.0 interface for higher performance and backward compatibility. Host manufacturers and media manufacturers will be able to leverage the next generation of PCI Express 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.

Key features of the XQD 2.0 format will include: a professional form-factor that measures 38.5mm x 29.6mm x 3.8mm; a high-performance interface; PCI Express 3.0: 8Gbps (up to 1,000MB/sec); legacy support for PCI Gen 1 and Gen 2; Support for VPG new profiles; and 5mW standby power.

“The XQD 2.0 format will enable hardware and imaging applications to leverage the performance benefits of the well-established PCI Express infrastructure, allowing for many years of higher performance and backward compatible products. The Video Performance Guarantee Features of XQD 2.0 will also widen its appeal meeting the needs of higher end video applications,” said Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.

If you would like to participate in developing the XQD 2.0 specification, contact the CFA office to inquire about membership and/or joining the XQD Technical Workgroup or the CFA website CFA is targeting for the XQD 2.0 specification to be available in the second half of 2012.