SanDisk Developing CFast2.0 Memory Cards, Not XQD Cards

SanDisk revealed at Photokina 2012 that it will be pushing toward memory card production on the new CFast2.0 specification memory cards and will not be delevoping XQD cards.

As of today, the only camera to support the XQD memory card format is the Nikon D4.  And while it is a great camera, no doubt, the single high-end model is not enough to push the demand in the market towards XQD as “the other memory card.”

CFast2.0 is a specification from the CompactFlash Association, which also designates the specification for current CF cards and the newer XQD cards.  CFast2.0 specs offer a theoretical performance up to 600MB/s data transfer speeds.

SanDisk is currently sampling new CFast2.0 cards to camera manufacturers to see if they will bite on the new specification in spite of the overwhelming move toward the SD card standard.  Medium format camera maker Phase One has already committed to putting the CFast2.0 cards to work in new cameras due to the higher performance over other card formats.



  1. EricB says

    I like the CF size and packaging, It is easier than some fiddly flimsy little card, Happy to see it develop but suspect existing cameras may not have the support for new improvements. Just wish CF was GB for GB priced like SD.

  2. sjms says

    the XQD is far from flimsy. it is as thick as any type 1 CF but more compact in the other dimensions.
    if SD performed like CF if might have brought down the pricing. they always seem to fall well short in reality from their stated performance capabilities.