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Exascend Archon CFexpress: mission critical-grade endurance and reliability for cinema storage

Feb 24, 2022

Exascend, Inc., a leading provider of industrial-grade, enterprise-class and cinematography flash storage solutions, launches the world’s first mission critical-grade CFexpress memory card designed for demanding cinematography applications and studio productions. The Exascend Archon CFexpress 1 TB is a RED-approved CFexpress card that combines Exascend’s mission critical-grade components, technologies and manufacturing with unique cinematography optimisations to create a thoroughly reliable and powerful card ideal for the pinnacle of cinema.

Enduring cinematography performance in excess

The Exascend Archon CFexpress 1 TB is designed to exceed the requirements for any equipment on the market, allowing non-stop recording in formats up to 12K RAW. As a testament to its extreme performance, Exascend Archon CFexpress 1 TB was the world’s first third-party memory card approved for RED’s cutting-edge V-RAPTOR camera system. On RED V-RAPTOR, the Exascend Archon CFexpress handles 8K RAW without any risk of frame drops.

In terms of hardware, the Exascend Archon CFexpress 1 TB uses a future-proof and industrial-grade Marvell PCIe 4.0 controller, allowing performance even higher than its 1,700 MB/s read and 1,600 MB/s write speeds when camera systems that support the PCIe 4.0 standard launch in the future. Moreover, Exascend Archon CFexpress features premium TLC NAND flash from Exascend partners Micron and Kioxia combined with ultra-fast DRAM cache for extreme performance, durability and performance consistency without sacrificing user-accessible storage capacity.

Unbeatable reliability and thoroughly tough

Exascend’s components, firmware and manufacturing processes used for Exascend Archon CFexpress are lifted directly from the company’s mission critical storage to take reliability and endurance to a level never before seen in cinematography storage. Using technologies designed to ensure that SSDs used in mission-critical applications never suffer decreased performance, data corruption or malfunction, the Exascend Archon CFexpress is sure to provide incredible reliability previously exclusive to aerospace and defense applications.

Aside from mission critical-grade components and manufacturing, the Exascend Archon CFexpress features Exascend’s patented and industry-leading mission critical storage technologies, including:

  • Adaptive Thermal Control, a technology that guarantees extreme sustained performance in challenging thermal environments.
  • SuperCruise, a technology that enhances sustained performance to avoid any drops in performance over time.
  • RAID ECC, an advanced RAID engine that reconstructs severely corrupted data in the background – boosting reliability by 1,000%.
  • Enterprise-class latency minimization, increasing memory responsiveness and therefore camera system responsiveness by 100%.

The Exascend Archon CFexpress is also environmentally hardened with splash and dust resistance, shock resistance (compliant with U.S. Department of Defense standard MIL-STD-810G) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. That makes it not just cinematography-ready but ready for even the most challenging shoots. The Exascend Archon CFexpress is designed to excel no matter the circumstances of your shoot.

Reliability and recovery you can count on for years to come

The products promise to deliver customers with unbeatable cinematography performance for years. Exascend Archon CFexpress comes with a five-year global warranty that covers any issue with the card and its components.

Availability and upcoming products

The RED-approved Exascend Archon CFexpress 1 TB is now available globally from partners including Amazon, B&H Photo, CVP and retail outlets worldwide. An even higher-capacity Exascend Archon CFexpress 2 TB is coming soon.

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