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Panasonic Media Entertainment Company (PMEC), Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, Introduces AU-XPD3 expressP2 Drive, Industry’s Fastest Offload Device with Thunderbolt3

Panasonic has announced the upcoming release of the AU-XPD3 expressP2 Memory Card Drive, the industry’s fastest offload device,* equipped with a Thunderbolt3 interface twice as fast as Thunderbolt2 and eight times faster than USB 3.0. Users will be able to daisy chain up to six XPD3 units to allow simultaneous multiple offloads, a critical time-saver for multi-camera productions.

The AU-XPD3 will be available in June 2017 at a suggested list price of $1850.00.

“Offloading data on set has been a challenge, especially in the 4K world,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, PMEC. “The XPD3 is a prime example of advancing VariCam cinema camera performance based on collaborative listening to our customers, notably rental houses and DITs.”

Designed for optimal performance with Panasonic’s expressP2 B series cards, the XPD3 delivers single-drive performance of 10Gpbs and daisy-chain performance of 17.6Gbps, which translates to offload speeds of 512GB (AVC-Intra 4K 4:2:2 24p) in seven minutes and 1TB (daisy-chained, AVC-Intra 4K 4:2:2 24p) in eight minutes. 

The XPD3 is compatible with expressP2 A series and legacy P2 memory cards, as well as microP2 cards when using the optional AJ-P2AD1G adapter. The majority of current generation PCs and Apple® Mac computers support Thunderbolt3, and Thunderbolt2 bidirectional adapters for Mac computers and one-way adapters for Mac/WIN are readily available. Popular storage devices such as the LaCie Bolt3 drive will support the ultra-fast XPD3 workflow. 

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*As of March 2017.

About Panasonic Broadcast, Cinema and Professional Video Systems
Panasonic offers leading products to acquire, transmit and view high-quality video, over both video and IP networks.  Professional products include VariCam cinema cameras, P2 HD camcorders, 4K and HD handheld cameras, Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, studio and box cameras, switchers and monitors. These products serve customers in cinema, broadcast, professional sports, higher education, enterprise and other markets.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good.  Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution.  

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