Toshiba has announced that it close to releasing a new version of its Bluetooth SD card. This will be smaller than the current model and use half the power.
The company’s current SD Bluetooth card is 1.95 by .94 by .08 inches, which is almost three quarter of an inch longer than a standard SD memory card. This makes it inconvenient to use with most handhelds, as it sticks out quite a bit. Generally, most people only insert the card when they plan to use it, rather than usually keeping it in the slot, because of the risk of accidentally breaking the card.
The new version is 1.6 inches long and lacks the bulge that is on the end of the current one. This is still longer than will fit inside of SD slots but is a marked improvement.
Toshiba says their new SD Bluetooth SD card will use 50% of the power of their current one, which uses 100 mA, with a maximum of 150 mA.
The new card will fully conform with the SDIO Card Type-B specification for Bluetooth, while it already meets Bluetooth 1.1.
Toshiba will begin mass production in October at 50,000 units a month. In addition to marketing this card itself, it will offer it to other companies who will write drivers and other applications for it then market it under their own brand names. This is arrangement under which Palm Inc. sells the current version of this card.
Exactly when this card will be available in retail and what it will cost is not yet known.
The company launched the first Bluetooth SD card near the end of last year. Toshiba is the sole Japanese member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.