Panasonic Doubles P2 Capacity

Panasonic will introduce its 64 GB P2 solid-state memory card at the NAB Show. With the arrival of its 64 GB card in the fall, Panasonic will again have doubled the storage capacity of its P2 card from the current 32 GB capacity.

The 64 GB P2 card, model AJ-P2C064, is scheduled for initial deliveries in fall of 2008. The new 64 GB P2 card will be offered in addition to the current 32 GB and 16 GB P2 card.

A 64 GB P2 card is capable of storing more than four hours of DVCPRO footage (64 GB X 4 minutes per GB), or more than two hours of DVCPRO50, AVC-Intra 50 (64 GB X 2 minutes per GB) or 64 minutes of AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD. With five 64 GB P2 cards installed, an AJ-HPX3000 P2 HD camcorder can record 320 minutes in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD (400 minutes in 1080/24pN) and 640 minutes (800 minutes in 24pN) in AVC-Intra 50 or DVCPRO 50.

A P2 card is comprised of its own processor, firmware, a RAID controller, and nonvolatile solid-state memory chips. The P2 card can be connected with a laptop PC or a major nonlinear editing systems Packaged in a die-cast frame, the P2 card is resistant to impact, vibration, shock, dust and environmental extremes including temperature changes.

The 64 GB P2 card works with all P2 HD camcorders purchased from May 2007 forward. P2 and P2 HD products purchased prior to that date will need a free, downloadable software upgrade available on the Panasonic Web site.

Panasonic Broadcast will be in Booth C3512.