The Compact Flash Association announced a new high-performance memory card format, called XQD. Based on the PCI Express specification, the new cards will measure 38.5×29.8×3.8mm at launch, which is slightly larger than SD cards (32x24x2.1mm) and tangibly more compact than CF cards (43x36x5 mm).
The XQD cards should allow write speeds of 125MB/s at launch, but they have a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 5Gbps (that’s 625MB/s), so there’s plenty of room for improvement in the future.
The impressive performance should allow the XQD cards to fully replace their CF predecessors in high-end DSLR cameras and digital camcorders.
XQD cards will make their official debut at CP+, which takes place February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan. Licensing of the new format will start in early 2012, so we will probably see the first devices supporting them in the second half of next year.
Source | Via