SanDisk Introduces New CFast 2.0 Memory Cards

Posted on Sep 16 2014 - 11:20am by Editor

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today unveiled significant upgrades to its SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and announced that the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD has been qualified for 4K capture. These two products expand SanDisk’s extensive portfolio of high-performance products designed for the professional broadcast, cinematography and photography industries.

SanDisk Extreme PRO

SanDisk Extreme PRO

“The performance demands for media and broadcast professionals continue to rise and SanDisk is committed to delivering leading-edge capture and storage technologies,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk told DroxTech. “The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card and SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will help produce the highest quality content possible, and significantly improve workflow efficiency.”

Built to Support Pro Video Standards
As a follow-up to the world’s first CFast 2.0 card in 2013, the upgraded SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card will power the next generation of high-performance cameras and camcorders. The 128 GB card delivers shot speed of up to 440 MB/s and data transfer speeds of up to 515 MB/s for extreme workflow efficiency. Additionally, the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card combines the speed, capacity and performance needed to record cinema-quality 4K video (4096x2160p) in storage capacities of up to 128 GB, making it the right choice for demanding professionals.

Recognizing the industry-leading performance and reliability of SanDisk’s CFast 2.0 products, leading motion picture equipment manufacturer ARRI has named the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card as its card of choice for its ALEXA and AMIRA cameras.

“We are happy to work with SanDisk to move the CFast 2.0 standard forward, as it aligns with our commitment to offer the most efficient workflows possible to our customers,” said Stephan Schenk, managing director at ARRI. “Our ALEXA and AMIRA cameras were the first to implement CFast 2.0 recording, which brings a range of production benefits. CFast 2.0 opens up creative opportunities through longer recording times and higher frame rates with top-quality codecs, all at an impressive price/performance ratio.”

Industry leaders ARRI, Canon, Hasselblad, PhaseOne and Leica, and video technology pioneers, Atomos and Blackmagic Design, are strong supporters of the CFast 2.0 standard.

“The performance of the SanDisk Extreme PRO cards is amazing, and we are incredibly excited by what they will allow our customers to do,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “URSA is the world’s first digital camera designed around a user-upgradable sensor and lens mount, and a critical part of its design is the use of a dual CFast 2.0 recorder for nonstop recording. With these new SanDisk cards, our customers can dual-record and capture at incredible speeds.”

Expanding 4K Capture and Seamless Workflow for Professionals
SanDisk understands that pro-level performance is required for heavy workloads and effective multi-tasking. For professionals looking to store and edit 4K video, SanDisk Extreme PRO SSDs deliver up to 550 MB/s sequential read speeds that give professionals the 24/7 consistent performance they need for the most demanding and graphic-intensive applications. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is ideal for working with large files, such as 4K Ultra HD, because it delivers the necessary speeds and data safety. The SSD’s performance and value have been recognized by Atomos and Blackmagic Design, and it is now qualified by both companies for 4K RAW and 4K ProRes capture in each company’s top products.

“Reliability in the field is a cornerstone of Atomos products and a reason why SanDisk is one of our closest partners for capturing ProRes and DNxHD to an affordable SSD,” said Jeromy Young, CEO Atomos. “With the emergence of our 4K Shogun recorder, we are excited to extend certification for the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD.”

The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory cards will be available at select photo specialty stores in October. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSDs are currently available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers.