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NAB 2013: Faster, cheaper microP2 cards coming

April 4, 2013
NAB 2013: Faster, cheaper microP2 cards coming
LAS VEGAS — Panasonic has released pricing and delivery information for its new microP2 series of UHS-II compliant memory cards. The company is also introducing a microP2 card adapter that assures the new series of 64GB and 32GB microP2 cards will operate in current P2 hardware. 
 
The AJ-P2M064A 64GB and AJ-P2M032A 32 GB microP2 cards will be available this month, with suggested list prices of $380 and $250, respectively. The AJ-P2AD1 microP2 adapter will likewise be available in April, with a suggested list price of $199. The company will also offer the AJ-MPD1, a new microP2 drive, that will ship this month for a suggested list price of $350.

MicroP2 cards have an SD card form factor. The microP2 card’s double-layered UHS-II interface facilitates transfer speeds of 2.0 Gpbs (1.7 times faster than standard P2 media, and 12x faster than ordinary SD media). Reliability is marked by Proof7 strength, which notes its resistance to water/dust, static electricity, bending and twisting, magnet, X-ray, a wide temperature range, and safety built-in-fuse. A flash memory error correction system, equivalent to a RAID system, helps strengthen data retention reliability. A lifetime counter gives a notification as to when the card approaches the end of its life cycle, which is defined as reusable for up to five years when recorded on once daily, at full capacity.
 
The microP2 drive and microP2 adapter both feature CPS password protection. The microP2 drive has a USB 3.0 interface for transfer speeds up to 2.0 Gbps, and its two slots accommodate offloading of spanned clips. To use the microP2 card adapter, a firmware upgrade of current P2 hardware is required.