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HISTORY:

A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage devices used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. They offer high re-recordability, power-free storage, small form factor, and rugged environmental specifications. There are also non-solid state memory cards that do not use flash memory, and there are different types of flash memory.

Flash cards have been suggested as a possible replacement for the floppy disk, although USB flash memory drives, which work on almost any computer with a USB port, have been filling this role instead.

There are many different types of memory cards and jobs they are used for. Some common places include in digital cameras, in game consoles, in cell phones, and in industrial applications. PC card (PCMCIA) were among first commercial memory card formats (type I cards) to come out in the 1990s, but are now only mainly used in industrial applications and for I/O jobs (using types I/II/III), as a connection standard for devices (such as a modem). Also in 1990s, a number of memory card formats smaller than PC Card came out, including CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Miniature Card. In other areas, tiny embedded memory cards (SID) were used in cell phones, game consoles started using proprietary memory card formats, and things like PDAs and digital music players started using removable memory cards.

From the late 1990s into the early 2000s a host of new formats appeared, including SD/MMC, Memory Stick, xD-Picture Card, and host of variants and smaller cards. The desire for ultra-small cards for cell-phones, PDAs, and compact digital cameras drove a trend toward smaller cards that left the previous generation of "compact" cards looking big. In digital cameras SmartMedia and CompactFlash had been very successful, in 2001 SM alone captured 50% of the digital camera market and CF had a strangle hold on professional digital cameras. By 2005 however, SD/MMC had nearly taken over SmartMedia's spot, though not to the same level and with stiff competition coming from Memory Stick variants, xD, as well as CompactFlash. In industrial fields, even the venerable PC card (PCMCIA) memory cards still manage to maintain a niche, while in cell-phones and PDAs, the memory card market is highly fragmented.

Nowadays, many new PCs and PDAs have built-in slots for a variety of memory cards; CompactFlash, SD, etc.

 
SUMMARY OF MEMORY CARD TYPES:

 

Name Acronym Form Factor DRM 1GB Price
CompactFlash I
CF-I
43 x 36 x 3.3mm
None
$65
CompactFlash II
CF-II
43 x 36 x 5.5mm
None
$65
SmartMedia Card
SMC
45 x 37 x 0.76mm
None
Obsolete
Memory Stick
MS
50 x 21.5 x 2.8mm
MagicGate
$90
Memory Stick Duo
MS Duo
31 x 20 x 1.6mm
MagicGate
$100
Memory Stick Micro M2
0
15 x 12.5 x 1.2mm
MagicGate
New
Multi Media Card
MMC
32 x 24 x 1.5mm
None
$62
Reduced Size Multi Media Card
RS-MMC
16 x 24 x 1.5mm
None
$62
MMC Micro Card
MMCmicro
12 x 14 x 1.1mm
None
New
Secure Digital Card
SD
32 x 24 x 2.1mm
CPRM
$76
miniSD Card
miniSD
21.5 x 20 x 1.4mm
CPRM
$73
microSD Card
µSD
11 x 15 x 1mm
CPRM
New
xD-Picture Card
xD
20 x 25 x 1.7mm
None
$91
 
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