New CFExpress Type B Card Announcements

Prograde Digital CFExpress Cards

Both Sony and Prograde Digital announced CFExpress Type B memory cards today. The new cards use the PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe host controller interface and perform at read speeds of 1,600MPB/s. Prograde also announced that sample cards and readers are available for “qualified partners.” Prograde will offer two lines of the cards. The CFExpress Cobalt will perform at the full 1,600MB/s read speed and have burst write capability of 1400MB/s. The CF Express Gold feature a burst write speed of 600-1000MB/s. Read Prograde’s news release for more info.

Sony CF Express Card and CFExpress/XQD Reader
Sony CF Express Card and CFExpress/XQD Reader

Sony announced their own CFExpress Type B cards. The “Tough” cards. Sony claims performance of 1700MB/s read speeds and 1480MB/s write speeds. The “Tough” label highlights Sony’s tripling of the CFexpress standard to withstand force at 70N bending force and “five times greater reliability to endure falls from up to 5m high.” Read Sony’s press release here.

If all this XQD, CFast, CFExpress jargon has you perplexed, read this article by SLR Lounge. It does a decent job of clearing it up.

Prograde Digital Announces Recovery Pro Software

Prograde Digital announced Recovery Pro, a software solution to assist with recovery of photo and video files “that have become lost, accidentally deleted, and/or corrupted.” It is compatible with a large variety of file types. Additionally, it reverse more than 90 audio file formats. Recovery Pro is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows 10 and higher. The software requires a $49.99 US annual subscription. Read more here.

Prograde Digital Demonstrates 1TB CFexpress Cards with Nikon Z Cameras

Prograde Digital Product Photo of CFexpress 1.0 Memory Card

Prograde digital demonstrated the capabilities of their 1.0 (1TB Capacity) CFexpress memory cards at CES in Las Vegas. CFexpress cards share the XQD form factor, but require a firmware update to function with Nikon cameras with XQD card slots. It is unclear whether Nikon will also release a firmware update for their XQD equipped DSLRs. Notably, CFexpress cards offer a 1,400MB/s read speed and can write at 1000MB/S. Read the associated press release from Prograde Digital here.