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Panasonic is launching a new series of memory cards. The new P2 F Series cards are designed for broadcasting and professional video production use. These tough memory cards withstand impacts up to 1,500 G and vibrations up to 15 G, operate in temperatures from -20°C to 60°C, and can be stored in temperatures from -40°C to 80°C. All P2 cards contain a flash memory error correction system, which is equivalent to RAID system, to greatly strengthen the data retention reliability. Additionally, as the P2 card complies with the PC card standard (Card Bus Type-II), it can mount directly to the PC card slot of a laptop PC to read or write recording data.
Panasonic Press Release
PANASONIC CORPORATION RELEASES ‘P2 CARD F SERIEs’ MEMORY CARD SUPPORTING AVC-INTRA CLASS 200*1
UK. 8 June 2012
Panasonic Corporation will begin to release its new memory card P2 F Series (64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB) from June 2012.
The P2 card is a memory card for broadcasting and professional video production use. It withstands impacts up to 1,500 G and vibrations up to 15 G, operates in temperatures from -20?C to 60?C (-4?F to 140?F), and can be stored in temperatures from -40?C to 80?C (-40?F to 176?F). The rugged specifications of the P2 (Professional Plug-in) card ensure reliable recordings under harsh conditions and enhance newsgathering mobility. Because solid-state memory requires no transport mechanism, it eliminates the possibility of clogging that occurs with tapes. It also can be used for repeated recording and formatting over long periods.*2
The P2 card contains a flash memory error correction system*3, which is equivalent to RAID system, to greatly strengthen the data retention reliability. Because the P2 card complies with the PC card standard (Card Bus Type-II), it can mount directly to the PC card slot of a laptop PC to read or write recording data.*4 Its connector cleared the mount and unmount test at 30,000 time repetitions to ensure the much more rugged than an ordinary PC card. When used with the P2 Drive (AJ-PCD30 / AJ-PCD35), the recording data on the P2 cards F series can be transferred up to 1.2 Gbps.*5
The new F Series supports writing up to AVC-Intra Class 200 of the AVC-ULTRA family*1 as well as the currently available codecs with the existing P2 devices.
The new memory card P2 F series AJ-P2E064F (64GB) will be available in June, and AJ-P2E032F (32GB) and AJ-P2E016F (16GB) will be available in July.
*1 H.264 based video compression codec for broadcasting and video production professional use. It achieves high picture quality for mastering due to 10 bit 4:2:2 sampling. Its video recording rate is approx. 200 Mbps (at 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i). P2 card F series don’t support all formats supported by AVC-Intra 200.
*2: The card replacement interval is about five years when entire (100%) data of E series or F series P2 card is rewritten once a day.
*3: It has been adopted from the P2 card E Series (released in 2009).
*4: A PC must be installed P2 card driver.
*5: When using AJ-PCD35 or AJ-PCD30 with E Series or F Series P2 cards. However, 1.2 Gbps is the maximum transfer speed and the actual transfer speed is subject to be changed depending on system configuration such as bus , OS, software and network.