Samsung today announced that it has developed an 8Gigabyte (GB) microSD memory card, a size optimal for today?s multimedia mobile phones.
The new fingernail-sized card is capable of storing 2,000 MP3 music files, 4,000 digital photos, or approximately 5 DVD-quality movies.
SD cards, to date, have been largely used for data storage in digital still cameras and increasingly in televisions. MicroSD cards, which are a quarter the size of an SD card, are backward compatible with SD cards using an extender, to allow multimedia files downloaded by mobile phones to be easily displayed on other media.
Samsung said that the new microSD memory cards ofer a read speed of 16 Megabytes (MBs) per second and a write speed of 6MB/s. These specifications exceed the Speed Class 4 SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) standard which requires a data write speed of 4MB/s, as well as SD Speed Class 2 designations carried by most microSD cards currently on the market.