If that 20GB video you just filmed is taking too long to copy over to your PC, don’t fret – there’s a solution en route. Looking past that fact that you’ll need a new camera, the CompactFlash Association has just announced its CFast 2.0 draft specification, which puts CF cards behind a SATA 6Gbit/s interface that can allow up to a 600MB/s transfer rate. At about 4x the speed of current top-end CF cards, this performance is undoubtedly impressive.
Before you go and think that this standard will take forever to hit the market, bear in mind that… it might. But, flash-leader SanDisk has just announced support for the format, and has already begun sampling camera vendors CFast 2.0 cards so that they can get right to work on optimizing their products.
If you were looking for availability or pricing, you’re out of luck. However, as bleeding-edge as this product will be once it hits the market, it can be assumed that it’s not going to be inexpensive (nor will the cameras be that they go in). Knowing that such performance is en route sure is nice, though.