PANASONIC TO DELIVER NEW MICROP2 CARD SERIES IN APRIL
Lower-cost, higher-speed, same signature reliability in world’s first uhs-II memory card
Panasonic today announced delivery and pricing information for its new microP2 series, which is the world’s first UHS-II compliant memory card, with SD card form factor, continues the company’s evolution to higher-speed, lower-cost media. The simultaneous introduction of a microP2 Card Adapter assures that the new series of 64GB and 32GB microP2 cards will operate in current P2 hardware. Panasonic has also announced a two-slot microP2 drive for plug-and-play offload of content.
The AJ-P2M064A 64GB and AJ-P2M032A 32GB microP2 cards will be available next month with suggested RRP’s of €300 and €200 excluding VAT, respectively. The AJ-P2AD1 microP2 adapter will likewise be available in April, with a suggested RRP of €165 excluding VAT. The AJ-MPD1 microP2 drive will ship in April, with a suggested RRP of €320 excluding VAT.
Panasonic has at the same time introduced two new products, the AJ-PX5000 P2 HD camcorder and AJ-PD500 half-rack recorder, both with built-in microP2 slots and AVC-ULTRA recording, which will be available in Autumn 2013. microP2 cards will guarantee data writing up to the class200 (except 1080/50p,60p) mode of AVC-ULTRA, the company’s newest compression system.
microP2 cards will ensure high-speed transfer, high reliability and the writing assurance of all P2 frame rates, formats and codecs. The microP2 card’s UHS-II interface facilitates transfer speeds of 2.0 Gpbs (1.7 times faster than standard P2 media). Reliability is defined by Proof 7 strength (resistance to water/dust, static electricity, bending and twisting, magnet, X-ray, wide temperature range and safety built-in-fuse); a flash memory error correction system, equivalent to a RAID system, to greatly strengthen data retention reliability; a Lifetime Counter than gives a notification when the card approaches the end of its life cycle; 100% screened flash memory; a Content Protection System (CPS) that password-protects the card; and a QR code for scanning and identification.
Both the microP2 drive and microP2 Adapter feature ‘CPS’ password protection. The microP2 drive has a USB 3.0 interface for transfer speeds up to 2.0 Gbps, and its two slots accommodate offloading of spanned clips.
To use the microP2 card adapter, a firmware upgrade of current P2 hardware is required. P2 hardware can be upgraded to microP2 use on the following schedule: in April 2013, AJ-HPX3100, AG-HPX250, AG-HPX255, AG-HPX600 camcorders, AG-HPD24 deck, and AJ-PCD20, AJ-PCD35, AJ-PCD30, AJ-PCD2 drives; in June 2013, AG-HPX371 camcorder and AG-HPG20 recorder; in August 2013, the AJ-HPX2100 camcorder, AJ-HPM200 and AJ-HPD2500 recorders.
Panasonic’s microP2 solid-state memory cards, compliant with UHS-II ensure highly reliable video, audio, and metadata recording, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock, and vibration. P2 cards allow professional users to benefit from a fast, easy, file-based workflow and exceptional reliability.
 As of UHS-II compliant memory card, March 2013
 The microP2 card and microP2 card adaptor will not support all P2 products.