|Toshiba MicroSD Flash Memory Card|
Mathijs Voss : July 17th 2006 - 09:37 CET
Toshiba MicroSD Flash Memory Card :Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (Taec) and its parent, Toshiba Corporation, today announced a new microSD card family for use in cellular telephones, with initial capacities of 256 megabyte (MB)1 , 512MB and 1-gigabyte (GB)2. The microSD card, with approximately one-fourth the cubic measure of a miniSD memory card, is currently the smallest memory card available worldwide. Its primary application is in cellular telephones equipped with music playback and camera functionality. The microSD card is intended for use in handsets equipped with microSD slots to enable transfer and storage of music and digital photos, although it can also be used with an adapter in standard SD card slots.|
Toshiba MicroSD card - Storage|
Taec currently offers a wide selection of SD Memory Cards with storage capacities of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB in the standard (blue) product family, and a higher performance (white) family of cards in 512MB and 1GB capacities. The Toshiba SD Memory card line-up now includes miniSD in capacities ranging from 512MB to 2GB card, microSD cards in 256MB, 512MB and 1GB capacities, and a 4GB SDHC card. As the world of SD expands, SD Memory remains the standard for compact, portable memory.
MicroSD Memory Card - Features
• Smallest micro-miniature memory card offered.
• External size 11mm x 15mm x 1mm.
• Weight is approximately 0.4g.
• Targeted applications are cellular telephones with music and camera functionality.
• Adopts CPRM3 advanced copyright protection function.
• Standard SD Memory card interface.
• 2.7 to 3.6V Power supply voltage.
• Standard SD Memory card compatibility.
SD Card - Capacities
The SD memory card was jointly developed in 1999 by Toshiba Corporation, SanDisk Corporation and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (best known for its Panasonic brand name products). SD memory cards have been widely adopted worldwide. Toshiba has shipped more than 200 million memory cards4 and is currently the world’s second largest supplier of NAND Flash memory5. The addition of the microSD cards to the Toshiba SD card family addresses the miniaturization requirements of mobile telephones. The Toshiba SD Memory Card family now includes standard SD memory cards, as well as miniSD, microSD and SDHC cards. The entire SD card line features cryptographic security, protection of copyrighted data, high-data transfer rate for fast copy/download and high storage capacity.
Toshiba Memory Card - Flash Background
As a recognized pioneer in flash technology, Toshiba was a principal innovator of NAND- and NOR-type Flash technology in the 1980’s. Toshiba maintains leadership in Flash technology today, with a complete line of NAND memory in densities from 512 megabit6 (Mb) to 16Gb7 to meet various application requirements. NAND Flash has become one of the leading technologies for solid-state storage applications because of its high-speed programming capability, high-speed erasing, and low cost. The sequential nature (serial access) of NAND-based Flash memory provides notable advantages for these block-oriented data storage applications. Toshiba’s NAND Flash memory products are optimized for general solid-state storage, image file storage and audio for applications such as solid-state disk drives, digital cameras, audio appliances, set-top boxes and industrial storage.
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, Taec brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes memory and flash memory-based storage solutions, a broad range of discrete devices, displays, medical tubes, ASICs, custom SOCs, microprocessors, microcontrollers and wireless components for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets. Taec is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan’s second largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment. In almost 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded numerous firsts and made many contributions to technology and society.