NAND Flash for Professionals-Panasonic Releases the P2 F Series Memory Cards
The cards, which were designed with professional use in mind, boast support of all current codes compatible with P2 cameras and recorders while offering support for AVC-Intra Class 200. The feature will ultimately allow professionals to transfer HD video from the memory cards to a computer without too much degradation of the video quality. As a bonus, the transfer from recording device to computer won’t demand file sizes as large as those need by other platform-specific mezzanine formats.
The features that Panasonic has packed into the F series line guarantees that it will be able to perform to the standards of high quality broadcasting and video production. Meant to be more rugged than an ordinary PC card, Panasonic’s F Series P2 cards are built using a durable die-cast aluminum construction and are outfitted with impact-resistant connectors. Additionally, they still operate after surviving impacts of up to 1,500 G and vibrations of 15 G. Temperature testing reveals similar strengths. The model can operate within the range of -4F to 140F and be stored within the range of -40F to 176F. Panasonic’s F Series P2 cards come in three storage capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.
Product testing of the card’s connector reveals that it can withstand a total of 30,000 mounts and unmounts, rounding out the extreme durability that the F Series has to offer. The cards’ physical ruggedness is complemented by their high solid-state performance on the software side of things. The F Series boasts transfer speeds of up to 1.2 GB/s, a figure most other solid-state memory cards can only dream of surpassing. Its configuration of NAND flash chips are set up to mimic the RAID system, which significantly increases data retention and reliability.
An increase in workflow and instant access is what Panasonic is aiming for, and it may have succeeded in developing the solid-state F Series memory cards. The suggested list prices for the cards are $399, $499, and $730, starting from the 16GB version and moving up to the 64GB version.
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