Panasonic Releases P2 Card F Series

Panasonic Corporation will begin to release its new memory card P2 F Series (64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB) from June 2012

The P2 card is a memory card for broadcasting and professional video production use supporting AVC-Intra Class 200 (*1). It withstands impacts up to 1,500 G and vibrations up to 15 G, operates in temperatures from -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F), and can be stored in temperatures from -40°C to 80°C (-40°F to 176°F).

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The rugged specifications of the P2 (Professional Plug-in) card ensure reliable recordings under harsh conditions and enhance newsgathering mobility. Because solid-state memory requires no transport mechanism, it eliminates the possibility of clogging that occurs with tapes. It also can be used for repeated recording and formatting over long periods (*2).

The P2 card contains a flash memory error correction system (*3), which is equivalent to RAID system, to greatly strengthen the data retention reliability. Because the P2 card complies with the PC card standard (Card Bus Type-II), it can mount directly to the PC card slot of a laptop PC to read or write recording data (*4). Its connector cleared the mount and unmount test at 30,000 time repetitions to ensure the much more rugged than an ordinary PC card. When used with the P2 Drive (AJ-PCD30 / AJ-PCD35), the recording data on the P2 cards F series can be transferred up to 1.2 Gbps (*5).

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The new F Series supports writing up to AVC-Intra Class 200 of the AVC-ULTRA family (*1) as well as the currently available codecs with the existing P2 devices.

The new memory card P2 F series AJ-P2E064F (64GB) will be available in June, and AJ-P2E032F (32GB) and AJ-P2E016F (16GB) will be available in July.

*1: H.264 based video compression codec for broadcasting and video production professional use. It achieves high picture quality for mastering due to 10 bit 4:2:2 sampling. Its video recording rate is approx. 200 Mbps (at 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i). P2 card F series don’t support all formats supported by AVC-Intra 200.
*2: The card replacement interval is about five years when entire (100%) data of E series or F series P2 card is rewritten once a day.
*3: It has been adopted from the P2 card E Series (released in 2009).
*4: A PC must be installed P2 card driver.
*5: When using AJ-PCD35 or AJ-PCD30 with E Series or F Series P2 cards. However, 1.2 Gbps is the maximum transfer speed and the actual transfer speed is subject to be changed depending on system configuration such as bus , OS, software and network.

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About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organizations efficiency and performance. We help organizations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays and rugged mobile PCs. With around 500 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

The new PSCEU is made up of four business divisions:
•    Communication Solutions including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and HD video conferencing systems.
•    Visual System Solutions including projectors, interactive whiteboards, presentation aids and displays. Panasonic is the European market leader in projectors with 28% revenue share.
•    Professional Camera Solutions including professional audio visual, security and integrated machine vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
•    Computer Product Solutions including the Toughbook range of rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. Panasonic Toughbook is European rugged notebook market leader with 62.9% market share in 2010 (VDC, June 2011).

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