STORAGE VENDOR Sandisk has been quick to capitalise on the latest buzzphrase in television with the launch of its Sandisk Extreme Pro Compactflash memory card that sports 256GB capacity.
With its Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) assuring users of write speeds at a consistent 65MBps, the memory card is capable of recording 4K television, the successor to HD TV. Recording directly in 4K has been an obstacle to widescale adoption of the new format, so with this latest leap, it won't be long before we will be able to see how many wrinkles our favourite newsreaders have under all that makeup.
But 65MBps is just the tip of the iceberg. Sustained data transfer speeds of up to 140MBps are available along with burst mode speed of up to 160MBps. The Compactflash cards also have a lifetime guarantee, RTV silicon coating and will work in extremes of temperature from -25C to 85C.
Sandisk also includes a one year licence for Rescuepro recovery software, just in case of you accidentally delete the shot of a lifetime. If 256GB is too much capacity, Sandisk has announced that it will also boost the rest of its Extreme Pro range of Compactflash cards to these impressive new speeds . The range offers 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities as well as the new 256GB model.
Flash memory technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and it presents exciting possibilities for both professional and consumer users. We're looking forward to seeing high capacity memory technology like this hit mobile devices soon too. It's only a matter of time. µ
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