Samsung brings 8 GB to mobile phones
Seoul – Those who use their mobile phone as an MP3 player, or those who collect tons of songs, photos, videos and so on, will soon be able to satisfy their hunger for memory with the new generation of 8 GB microSD cards. Among the first vendors to have presented one is Samsung which, as the world’s largest producer of NAND flash memories, has every interest in pushing ever more capacious memory cards to the market.
The new microSD achieves a 16MB / s read speed and 6MB / s write speed , performance that exceeds the minimum requirements set by the Speed Class 4 SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) standard. The Korean manufacturer recalls that in 8 GB it is possible to store up to 2 thousand MP3 songs, 4 thousand photos and 5 films with quality close to DVD.
It should be remembered that although physically identical to the standard ones, SDHC memory cards are only compatible with the latest devices or with those who have benefited from a specific firmware update. Among the devices that use the miniSD standard there are, in addition to mobile phones, also some models of digital cameras and televisions: through a special adapter, it is also possible to use them on all devices that integrate a standard-sized SDHC slot.
According to a Dataquest study, between 2006 and 2010 the memory card market will grow by about 10% per year. In 2010, the best-selling flash memory cards will be 8GB.
Samsung hasn’t revealed the release date of the 8GB miniSDs, but it is likely that they will hit store shelves no earlier than the second half of the year.