CFA SanDisk, Sony and Nikon proposed standards for Next Generation memory card format

Today, SanDisk, Sony and Nikon have jointly announced the proposing of new industry standards for next generation high-speed memory card format – CF6.0. Similar size to the CF card, the new format boasts faster speeds and larger capacities which are suited for high resolution images and high definition videos recording.

CFA SanDisk, Sony and Nikon proposed standards for Next Generation memory card format

SanDisk, Sony and Nikon today announced the joint development of a set of specifications that address the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash Association (CFA), the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Once accepted, the new format will enable exciting new possibilities in the professional imaging and video markets. The proposed specifications achieve data transfer rates of up to 500MB/sec (theoretical maximum interface speed) using the highly versatile PCI Express interface. The increased speeds will enable imaging and video applications that could not be accomplished using the current CompactFlash specification’s Parallel ATA (PATA) interface. CF6.0, released in November 2010, offers maximum performance of up to 167MB/sec.

The new specifications’ faster speeds enable continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images. The enhanced performance also allows users to quickly transfer storage-intensive high-resolution photos and videos from the card to a computer. The specifications combine high-speed data transfer with low power consumption via a power scaling system to extend battery life.

CF6.0 will also meet the future capacity and durability requirements of professional imaging applications. The proposed new specifications has the potential to extend theoretical maximum capacities beyond 2TB, making it especially useful for high resolution images and HD video applications. Similar in size to a CompactFlash card, CF6.0 access control function and highly durable form factor produce a combination of physical ruggedness and reliability that is indispensable for professional usage models.