The successor to today's high-end memory card format has been developed and named XQD by the CompactFlash Association.
Although the CompactFlash capacity and transfer speeds resisted against the advancement of the SD Card, it has been earmarked to a high-end niche like professional SLR cameras.
Utilizing the PCI Express data pathway technology which was first developed for PCs to reach 2.5Gbps initially and 5Gbps, XQD is assumed to be capable of writing data at a minimum speed of 125Mbps.
It's not clear exactly when the new technology will arrive on the market, but the association said today it'll begin licensing the design in early 2012. It's got powerful backers: Nikon led its development, and Canon endorsed it.
"The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers," said Canon's Shigeto Kanda, who's chairman of CFA's board.
Also, the first VPG profile guarantees sustained write speeds of 20MBps, the association said.