Press Release

Panasonic announces new expressP2 card drive at IBC 2016
with Thunderbolt™ 3

AMSTERDAM. 9 SEPTEMBER 2016 - Panasonic at IBC 2016 today announces a new expressP2 card drive with Thunderbolt™ 3 - the AU-XPD3.

AU-XPD3 Photo

With Thunderbolt™ 3 offering 40Gbps data transfer, Panasonic expects the AU-XPD3 to achieve an amazing data transfer speed of up to 10 Gbps, providing a superfast workflow.

Thanks to the power of Thunderbolt™ 3, the full potential of the expressP2 B series card can reach amazing data transfer speeds. The drive itself is also set to come under €2000 list price.

Planned for release around the first quarter of 2017, AU-XPD3 is made for supporting super-high-definition data transfer and editing, including next-generation 4K, for the broadcast workflows of the future.

Specifically designed to accommodate high-quality, high-frame-rate recording of 4K/120fps and HD/240fps, the B Series cards are a significant upgrade to meet the demands of super-high definition recording.

"There is a desire within the production industry to transition to 4K, but equally a reticence due to the data size, that can slow down the workflow," said Guilhem Krier, Head of Product Marketing Europe & Business Development Europe for Broadcast & ProAV at Panasonic. "Our compression technology and the card reader means we are finding solutions to these challenges."

"For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt™ devices, every display, and billions of USB devices", said Jason Ziller, Director of Thunderbolt Marketing at Intel, "Products like the Panasonic AU-XPD3 for expressP2 highlight how Thunderbolt™ 3 delivers the bandwidth and speed needs of the broadcast industry."

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