|Media type||Memory card|
|Capacity||over 2 TB|
|Developed by||CompactFlash Association|
|Dimensions||38.5 mm × 29.8 mm × 3.8 mm|
The new format is targeted at high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital photo cameras. It offers target read and write speeds from 1 Gbit/s (125 Mbyte/s) to about 4 Gbit/s (500 Mbytes/s) and storage capabilities beyond 2 TB.
The format was first announced in November 2010 by SanDisk, Sony and Nikon, and was immediately picked up by the CompactFlash Association for development. The final specification was announced in December 2011.
XQD version 2.0 was announced in June 2012, featuring support for PCI Express 3.0 with transfer rates up to 8 Gbit/s (1000 Mbyte/s). The older XQD cards will not work with the new XQD 2.0 card readers. The reason that this exists is because the older XQD cards do not have their controller chips inside of the card, they are located in the readers and adapters that support them. The new XQD 2.0 card have the controllers chips located inside of the card, not the reader. As such, when you use an old XQD card with a new XQD 2.0 reader, there is not controller chip in the set up. Without a controller chip, there is no way to read or process the card.
In January 2012, the first XQD card was announced by Sony, declaring a 1 Gbit/s read and write speed. In July 2012, Lexar announced plans to support the XQD format. Currently, Sandisk and Kingston have not announced plans to produce XQD cards
Sony has also said their Broadcast Camcorders (XDCAM and XDCAM EX) will support the XQD cards. For their broadcast products the XQD card will be classified as a secondary media as XQD is based around a DSLR consumer technology, however, the cards will support acquisition in the broadcast quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbit/s. On 4 September 2013, they released the PXW-Z100, a 4K prosumer camera that records onto XQD cards. 
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Actual Write Speeds Target 125 MB/sec and Higher
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