Sony Debuts Ultra Fast “SxS PRO+” and “SxS-1” media

IBC 2014 saw updates to Sony’s SxS recording media with to support 4K and XAVC recording. The new SxS PRO+ (Plus) cards take on the challenge of efficiently capturing ultra high definition 4K footage in the field. Both the SBP-128C and SBP-64C cards can read data at up to 3.5Gb/s (440MB/s)*, more than double that of the previous model, and write at up to 2.8Gb/s (350MB/s) by adopting the 2nd generation PCIe industry-standard interface. These higher transfer speeds reduces transfer times by up to half, even for large, data-intensive 4K video files.

With faster performance, new SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 cards also offer a higher ingest speeds when used with the new SxS Reader Writer (SBAC-US30 /UT100) and Sony SSD drive (PSZ-SA25). For example, a 120GB XAVC 4K 60p video file can be backed up to SSD in approximately five and a half minutes, compared with seventeen and a half minutes for previous SxS memory cards and Sony HDD drives.

The new, larger 128GB SxS card is ideal for a wide variety of on-location shoots with the capacity to record up to 240 minutes of MPEG 422 30p (50Mb/s) or 20 minutes of XAVC 4K 60p (600Mb/s) footage.

Joining the new SxS-PRO+ range at IBC 2014 is a refreshed lineup of SxS-1 media with the same reading speed of 3.5Gbps (440MB/s)*. Included in the latest lineup is the SBS-128G1B with 128GB capacity, a high capacity card offering a secure, cost effective solution for capturing and sharing large amounts of data.

As the world’s first PCI Express solid-state media, SxS has an excellent reputation for data reliability. Features such as data error correction, wear-leveling, data refreshing and dust-proof cases have helped establish the format as one of the most durable storage solutions for video capture. Quality is assured through intense testing during manufacture so footage stays secure in even the toughest of conditions.

Sony is extending its warranty on SxS media to 10 years for these new models. SBP-64C and SBP-128C SxS PRO+ cards will be available from November 2014, and SBS-32G1B, SBS-64G1B and SBS-128G1B SxS-1 cards from January 2015. 

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