SanDisk Bringing Out 1 GB miniSD Card

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SanDisk has announced that it is doubling the capacity of the largest miniSD card.

Previously, the biggest miniSD card could hold 512 MB of data. SanDisk will release a 1 GB miniSD card soon.

The new 1GB SanDisk miniSD Card is expected to be available for $100 during the second quarter of this year.

Like all miniSD cards, it will come with an adapter allowing it to be used in any of the existing SD card slot.

Tiny but Powerful

Although SD cards were once touted as being among the smallest memory cards available, those days are long over. Many smartphone designers have decided that a full SD card slot is too large, and have turned to the reduced-size versions.

1 GB miniSD Card miniSD cards take up approximately 60 percent less area in a host device than the standard SD card.

Some of the latest mobile devices have a miniSD slot, including the Motorola MPx220 and the HP iPAQ hw6500.

“With a 1 GB card you can store approximately 16 hours of MP3 songs, record up to several hours of MPEG-4 video, or take more than 2000 digital photos on a 1-megapixel mobile phone,” said Nelson Chan, executive vice president and general manager of SanDisk?s consumer and handset business. “With that level of capability, consolidating music, video, digital camera and other key features into the mobile phone platform is much more meaningful and powerful.”

This announcement was made at the 3GSM World Congress, going on now in Cannes, France.

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