Press Release

Introducing the expressP2 drive with High-Speed Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface
— Speeding Up the 4K/High-Frame-Rate Image Production Workflow.
On Display at 2017 NAB Show —

  • Panasonic Corporation announces a delay in the release of the AU-XPD3 Memory Card Drive "expressP2 drive," which was formerly announced on April 24, 2017. The new release date will be announced later on. The company apologizes for the inconvenience. Updated release timing to be anounced.
  • Press Release: Release of the expressP2 Drive Delayed (June 23, 2017)

The use of the high-speed Thunderbolt™ 3 interface maximizes the data transfer performance of the expressP2 card B series for 4K/high-frame-rate video recording to achieve a high-speed workflow. The expressP2 card B series is a next-generation media for 4K images and high-frame-rate video recording and has the fast data offload speed at the maximum 10 Gbps. The previous AU-XPD1 expressP2 drive was limited to USB3.0 interface speed, enabling data transfers at maximum 2.4 Gbps. The high-speed Thunderbolt™ 3 interface allows the newly developed AU-XPD3 expressP2 drive to operate at approximately 4 times that speed, to attain a maximum of 10 Gbps.

This enables 3 hours of content which can be recorded in AVC-Intra4K422(4K/24p) onto a 512-GB expressP2 card can be offloaded in about 7 minutes,*1 and two units can be daisy-chained for simultaneous access, 6 hours of content (AVC-Intra4K422, 4K/24p) on two expressP2 cards can be offloaded in about 8 minutes.*1

The AU-XPD3 expressP2 drive has one expressP2 card slot, and accommodates an expressP2 card, P2 card, or microP2 card adaptor. It is also equipped with two Thunderbolt™ 3 interface ports, enabling up to six units to be daisy-chained. Power is supplied by the enclosed AC adaptor and bus power drive is not supported.

The unit will be on display at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, U.S.A., from April 24 (Monday) to 27 (Thursday), 2017.