Who says you can't take it with you?

Donovan, John
December 2005
Portable Design;Dec2005, Vol. 11 Issue 12, p27
This article presents information on various products using flash memory. It reports that flash memory has found large and lucrative markets as the removable storage of choice in digital cameras, mobile phones and USB flash drives. It not only enables a user to move music and data among his PDA, cell phone and computer when he does not have wireless link but it is also a quick way to expand the memory capacity of the user's phone. Manufacturers like this approach, since it allows them to ship devices with less memory and thus a lower BOM. Flash makers like it because it sells a lot of cards. It is further reported that Sony Corp.'s "Memory Stick" flash cards are familiar to anyone who owns one of their DSCs, video cameras, PlayStations or newer TVs. Memory Sticks are interchangeable with SD cards via adaptors. For the video camera market Sony developed the Memory Stick Pro. It is the same dimensions as the standard Memory Stick, but with a maxi- mum transfer rate of 20 MB/sec and a minimum write speed of 15 Mbits/sec.


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