Memory Stick Micro: Yet Another Tiny New Card Format

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SanDisk and Sony have announced the Memory Stick Micro format, which has been designed for highly compact, multi-functional mobile phones.

It will join a long list of other memory cards that have also been designed for these devices, like microSD and RS-MMC.

Memory Stick Micro cards will be about one-quarter the size of Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, the first reduced-size format Sony came up with.

Cards using the new format will be only about 1.2 mm thick, so the edges are slotted lengthwise to allow for more slim-line designed connectors to reduce space in the host device.

Memory Stick Micro Memory Stick Micro is designed as an externally removable media with a controlled eject function to prevent users losing the media. Users will be able to insert one of the new cards into an adapter for use with a Memory Stick PRO compatible product.

Dr. Eli Harari, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk Corporation, said, “Sony and SanDisk recognize the rapidly growing market opportunity for memory cards with multimedia mobile phones, and are joining forces to develop the ultra-small Memory Stick Micro format to foster development of extremely compact multimedia mobile phones.”

The initial Memory Stick Micro cards will be available in the first half of 2006.

Licensing for the development of compatible hardware will begin early next month.

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