Sunnyvale, Calif.SanDisk has introduced a 512-Mbyte microSD card, which it claims is the largest capacity available in this form factor.
It also plans to have a 1-Gbyte microSD card by the end of the year and a 2-Gbyte version in 2006.
SanDisk also announced that the microSD specification, which is based its SanDisk’s TransFlash card, has been officially adopted by the SD Card Association. Its latest microSD card is fully compatible with the TransFlash card and designed as a small, flash memory storage card for mobile phones and devices.
“Mobile phones now feature built-in high-resolution camera functions, content downloading capabilities and entertainment features that clearly demonstrate the need for removable storage cards to enhance mobile device capabilities,” said Paul Reinhardt, executive director of the SDA. “SanDisk worked hard to ensure that the TransFlash card offers handset makers and consumers an ideal combination of large capacity, small physical size and cross-platform interoperability.”
According to IDC, a market research firm based in Framingham, Mass., the market for mobile phones with card slots is expected to increase to more than 258 million units by 2006
SanDisk’s 256-Mbyte, MicroSD card is available now for $44.99; a 512-Mbyte version will be available in August for $69.99.
SanDisk Corp., 1-408-542-0500, www.sandisk.com