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PRESS RELEASE: CompactFlash Association Displaying new CFast™ Connector & Package at PMA 2008
CFast Utilizes SATA Interface for 3Gb/sec Interface Data Rate.
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Palo Alto, California -- January 30, 2008 - The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces that CFast connectors and package will be displayed at PMA 2008 in the CFA booth A251.
The CFast work group was formed in July 2007 to develop the CFast specification for a CompactFlash card with a SATA (Serial ATA) interface. CFA members interested in the SATA interface should apply for inclusion in the CFA's CFast work group.
Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon and the CFA chairman of the board said "The development of a CompactFlash card with a SATA interface will maintain the dominance of CompactFlash in the nonconsumer (embedded systems, single board computers, data recorder, etc.) markets as well as promote its use in other applications such as digital SLR cameras and professional video cameras. Having the SATA interface will be a significant step for CompactFlash."
The current PATA (parallel ATA) interface provides up to a 133MB/second interface data rate. The SATA interface will provide interface data rates up to 3Gb/sec as well as compatibility with the SATA disk drive interfaces that are increasingly being used.
CompactFlash cards are in digital cameras/video cameras and other electronic platforms including embedded systems, single bard computers, data recorders, heart monitors defibrillators, slot machines, etc.
CompactFlash cards are currently available up to 48GB and sustained data rates of 45MB/sec. and provide the dominant SSD flash storage solution for new multi-mega pixel DSLR cameras, embedded systems, single board computers and other devices.
The CF+ and CompactFlash Standard ensures that today's and tomorrow's digital cameras will be compatible with faster and even higher capacity CF cards, as they become available. In addition to CompactFlash data storage cards, there are CF cards that provide I/O capability.
VGA, Ethernet, modem, serial, parallel, digital phone, GSM, Bluetooth, Ethernet wireless, wand & laser barcode scanners, finger print scanners, TV and GPS CF+ cards are all available.
CFA members can participate in the CFA CFast working group and access documentation as the CFast specification is developed.
The CF latest published Specification; Revision 4.1 is available to download from the CFA web site at
The CFA (logo), CF (logo), CF+ and CFast are trademarks of the CFA and are licensed royalty free to its members.
The CFA is a licensee of the CompactFlash® trademark and in turn will license it royaltyfree to its members.
(First posted on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 13:29 EST)