SanDisk’s TransFlash memory card format has been officially adopted by the SD Card Association (SDA). As part of this, the format has been renamed “microSD.”
Aside from this change, microSD cards are exactly the same as TransFlash cards.
The SDA is the organization that establishes the specifications for the SD format and its applications.
“Due to its small physical size and wide range of capacities, TransFlash has been extremely successful as a semi-removable Storage card for mobile phones,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of consumer products marketing at SanDisk. “We expect a seamless transition from TransFlash to microSD and with future plans for 1- and 2GB capacities, SanDisk plans to accelerate the momentum we have already generated.”
SanDisk announced plans to release the first 512 MB microSD card in August. This will sell for $70.
The company expects to introduce a 1 GB microSD card by the end of the year and a 2 GB card in 2006.
More about microSD
A microSD card is only 11 mm by 15 mm by 1 mm.
With an adapter, a microSD card can be converted into a regular SD card, allowing it to be used with other mobile devices, like handhelds, digital cameras, and laptops.
microSD cards were developed for very small smartphones. They are intended to remain in the device for extended periods and act as built-in memory. However, they can be removed to be plugged into another smartphone to transfer files. They also allow the device’s on-board memory to be easily upgraded.
SanDisk currently supplies ten major handset manufacturers with microSD cards, and more than 40 mobile phones that use them are shipping or have been announced.