New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

Summary: Three tech giants have come together to propose a new CompactFlash standard that is based on the PCI Express interface which promises higher speeds and greater capacities.

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Three tech giants have come together to propose a new CompactFlash standard that is based on the PCI Express interface which promises higher speeds and greater capacities.

The new PCIe-based standard, proposed to the CompactFlash Association by Sony, SanDisk and Nikon, offers some significant improvements over the current standard which is based on the ageing PATA standard. There's a massive increase in throughput, up from around 165MB/s for the current standard to a whopping 500MB/s. This means that photographers will experience less lag when snapping high-resolution images.

This new standard will also bring with it a capacity boost, allowing up to 2TB of storage per card. Again, great for those who shoot a lot of photos in megabyte munching RAW format or those working with HD video.

Good news for all you professional and prosumer photographers out there.

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Processors

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  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    Interesting. So can I plug a 64GB PCIe CF into a PCIe slot of my motherboard? :)

    It'd be great to install Linux in it!
    Grayson Peddie
    • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

      stupid comment system ;-)
      tonymcs@...
  • I want a microSD card with 2TB!

    Can't we just make microSD with 2TB for use in an Android Phone? This will give me plenty of space for all the music, video, pictures I could ever want!
    condelirios
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    Faster, more storage........
    UL NB's tablets and phones..... sweet!

    Bring it on. The sooner the better!!!!
    rhonin
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    Who needs that?
    james347
    • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

      @james347 The topic hints at photographers, but only sharp people who can read in-between the lines will be able to find that out.
      LittleM
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    Now we laptops with the new CF format. And adaptors for older cameras.

    It never ends, does it ?
    alan_r_cam
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    2 Terrabytes on a CF card? It sounds like the age of the hard drive may be coming to an end. Awesome!
    QJo
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    I'd expect the new system, since the drives are using a new interface, to be of different size and or shape to reach 2TB, I'd think a reasonable size to be similar to a 2.5" HDD, essentially a little more than 4-6 CF cards stacked and placed in a larger housing (2x2 or even 2x3). to give an idea of the final size, more specifically it would be closer to 2.5 x 2.75 CF cards (that reads two point five by two point seven five)
    aiellenon
  • RE: New PCIe-based CompactFlash standard promises higher speed, greater capacity

    OCZ is already suppling SSD's with PCIe adapters. They are several times faster than SATA drives. Since they are the same basic memory chips, there is not reason why this should not be possible for portable memory of all sorts. That is why the Express Card slot on notebooks was so interesting.
    jorjitop