Transcend issues four new CFast 500 memory cards, promises 108MB/sec transfer rates

February 2010 has come and gone, and we're still not seeing a heck of a lot of traction with regard to CFast. Hailed as the next major leap in the CompactFlash standard, CFast cards rely on the SATA interface versus UDMA / IDE, with Transcend's latest expected to boast transfer rates of 108MB/sec. As with other CFast cards, these too are shaped exactly like existing CompactFlash units, and while it seems as if the company is pushing these towards enterprise and industrial applications right now, it's just a matter of time before they make the jaunt to your local camera shop. Expect four sizes (2/4/8/16GB) to pop up in the next few months, and feel free to let your imagination run wild with respect to prices.

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in memory and storage products, today released a brand new Flash Card product line, CFast cards. The revolutionary new CFast cards integrate the rapid, more robust SATA interface into the existing CF card form factor, offering improved performance and convenience for a variety of industrial applications.

As with the SD card and its enhanced versions, SDHC and SDXC, CFast is the latest specification for CF cards, developed by CompactFlash Association (CFA) as a removable high-speed storage solution for industrial use. Compared to current CF cards based on the slower ATA/IDE interface, Transcend's CFast cards use the more modern SATA interface, delivering incredible transfer rates of up to 108MB/s. With the CFast card installed, users of industrial PCs or SATA 3Gb/s compatible devices will be able to store and access information at faster rates as a result of the enhanced communication between the card and its host device.

Measuring 42.8mm x 36.4mm x 3.3mm, Transcend's CFast cards have the same physical dimensions as traditional CF cards. Featuring a combination of enhanced speed and portability, the CFast cards are designed to perform like solid state drives, and as such are extremely capable when used as bootable drives. Thanks to built-in StaticDataRefresh and EarlyRetirement technologies, the CFast cards are able to correct data errors, ensure data reliability, and extend the lifespan of their flash memory cells.

Now offered in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, Transcend's CFast cards are the perfect storage choice for users looking to obtain the desirable features of speed, compact size and reliability.