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Sony Introduces Its XQD Memory Cards

Sony Introduces Its XQD Memory Cards

Sony announces the new XQD memory cards.

With exceptional data transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, the XQD H-series is capable of capturing up to about 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode when used with XQD compatible high-end DSLR.

Adopting the PCIe interface with an original controller from Sony, the XQD memory card also features optimized flash memory to enable high-speed data processing, so it boasts faster write speed and performance is impossible with conventional CompactFlash cards.

Also announced is a USB 2.0/3.0 compatible XQD MRW-E80 card reader which complements the new memory card. After downloading the free XQD High Speed Driver software available from the Sony website, users can simply transfer large quantities of very high capacity data to their PC speedily.

Read on for the full press release.


SINGAPORE - Sony today announces the new XQD memory cards (QD-H32/H16), which allows for outstanding ultra high-speed data transfer up to 1Gbps (125MB/s, write and read). The XQD memory card H-series provides photo enthusiasts and professional photographers with more shooting possibilities as well as the ability to capture up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode when used with XQD compatible high-end DSLR.

Featuring an original and intelligent controller from Sony and adopting PCIe interface, the XQD memory card also possesses optimised flash memory to enable high-speed data processing, resulting in faster write speed and performance that cannot be achieved by conventional CompactFlash cards. With its ultra high write-speed performance, the XQD memory card can record approximately up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode when used with Nikon’s new DSLR “D4”.

The H-series also allows for reliable data recording using wear levelling technology to equalise the rewrite frequency on the card, as well as error correction code and data refresh function to minimise defect risks.

Also being launched by Sony is a USB 2.0/3.0 compatible XQD card reader (MRW-E80) that fully utilises the new memory card. Using the XQD High Speed Driver software that can be downloaded for free from the Sony website, users can quickly and easily transfer large quantities of very high capacity data to their PC. In addition, an XQD ExpressCard Adapter (QDA-EX1) will be available for use with computers with an ExpressCard 34 card slot.

To address additional requirements from the high-end digital imaging market, Sony has plans to enhance its XQD memory card offering in the future. For more information, please refer to this website: http://www.sony.net/Products/memorycard/en_us/xqd/index.html

Available in 16GB and 32GB variants, the H-Series XQD memory card will be available from all Sony authorised dealers from February 2012.

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