Mini memory cards set for capacity boost

Two of the smallest memory card formats on the market will be getting a capacity boost in the coming months, according to card makers at the Computex trade show, last week.

ATP Electronics Taiwan said it would start mass production of 256MB and 512MB capacity Reduced Size MMC (RS-MMC) and MiniSD cards during July.

The lower-capacity card was expected to cost between $US200 and $US250 and the price for the higher capacity card has not yet been decided, a sales director for ATP, Henry Lin, said.

The Taipei company was showing samples of both cards on its booth at the Computex trade show.

Neither was shown in operation although Lin said the cards were working samples.

Another memory card maker, Kingmax Semiconductor, was also showing prototype 512MB capacity cards for both formats. It will be ready to begin mass production of the cards in June and started production of 256MB capacity versions last month, senior marketing specialist for the company, Vera Chien, said.

The RS-MMC and MiniSD card formats are smaller versions of MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital cards and designed for use in devices in which space is a premium, such as cellular telephones.

Samsung, Nokia and Siemens were using RS-MMC in phones for the European market or would add support in new phones scheduled to be released during the fourth quarter of this year, Lin said.

To date MiniSD had been most widely adopted by cell phone makers for models sold in Japan and South Korea, he said.

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