CFast 2.0 might be on the way out, thanks to CFexpress, but it’s a popular format still in use by a lot of cameras. The Pocket 4K and 6K, for example, pretty much require one for their highest resolution and highest data rate raw recording. But what happens if a card goes bad? Yes, it can happen. Well, that’s when you send it off to somebody to crack it open and have at it with a soldering iron.
Since the demise and maybe-rebirth of Lexar, the memory card news has been quite interesting. We’ve had world’s fastest, world’s biggest, world’s fastest again, and an entirely new company, ProGrade Digital has risen from the ashes of Lexar & SanDisk execs. With the race to bring out newer, faster, larger memory cards, though, also comes the race to bring out faster memory card readers.
And with that in mind, Atech Flash Technology has now launched a “premium line” of products under the “Blackjet” brand, the latest being a new CFast 2.0 card reader. The Blackjet VX-1C is a USB 3.1 Gen 2 CFast 2.0 card reader with a rugged metal enclosure for maximum durability.
When Micron announced they were quitting the Lexar brand last year, it came as quite a shock. Many long-time Lexar fans were worried about where their future memory cards would be coming from. A short time later, the Lexar brand was acquired by Longsys, a Chinese manufacturer of flash storage. Very little seems to have happened in Lexar’s story since then, though, except for the continued production of Lexar XQD cards.
Now, though, it seems a new company, sort of, is entering the fray. ProGrade Digital is a new brand of professional grade memory cards and card readers aimed at photographers. But while this is a new company, they aren’t newcomers to the memory card game. It’s being headed up by a team of former Lexar and SanDisk executives and senior management.