Lexar Media announces 80X Professional CompactFlash cards
Lexar Media announces 80X Professional CompactFlash cards
Lexar Media doubled the minimum sustained write speed capability of its Professional Series CompactFlash (CF) product line to 80X, or 12MB per second. Lexar is offering its 80X Professional Series CompactFlash cards in five different capacities, including 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. Lexar Media today also announced an 8GB 40X Professional Series CompactFlash card, extending the company's CF line with the highest capacity CompactFlash card on the market.

Lexar's new 80X CF cards include an enhanced version of Write Acceleration technology, which optimizes the cards' firmware to reduce overhead associated with transferring data from the camera to the memory card, and improves in-camera performance in high-resolution CompactFlash based cameras. In addition, Lexar's new Write Acceleration provides a larger controller buffer to accommodate transferring up to 32 sectors of data to the card in one command, in cameras supporting this feature. CompactFlash cards without Write Acceleration typically transfer only one sector of data at a time.

The new cards include a free copy of Lexar's award-winning Image Rescue 2.0 software to recover seemingly "lost" or deleted images from memory cards. Image Rescue 2.0 now recovers images from any memory card format or brand, and for added convenience, can be used with all mass storage compliant card readers, including USB 2.0, USB 1.1 and FireWire readers.

Lexar Media's new 80X speed-rated Professional Series CompactFlash will be available in photo specialty stores beginning May 2004. The 80X cards will be offered in 256, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities.
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