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MMCA Passes USB Compatible Memory Card Format

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I’ve said it before and now I’m saying it again: We Don’t Need More Memory Card Formats! Or do we…?

To be honest, given the lack of photography surrounding the ‘MiCard’ (Multiple Interface Card) which has been officially approved by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMC) it is hard to tell.

On one hand the MiCard is significantly larger than a MicroSD measuring 21 x 12 x 1.95mm verses 15 x 11 x 1mm but on the other (as the name suggests) it features a dual interface which can plug into not only a standard MMC slot, but also USB port. The latter feature would remove the need to carry round a card reader or if you’re a laptop maker, enable you to cut space in designs (providing MiCard becomes popular enough).

Because MiCard connects to USB it can also transfer data at 480Mbps, a rocket speed which would be highly useful given the first cards will be 8GB but ultimately could theoretically stretch all the way to 2,048GB. As an added bonus the design is also royalty free meaning manufacturers can pass on the savings to consumers.

Are you sold? Either way A-Data, Asustek, BenQ, Carry Computer Eng, C-One Technology, Dbtel, Power Digital Card, Power Digital, Pretec and Richip are so the MiCard is coming whether we like it or not.

Expect your latest memory card migraines to start smashing into your cranium towards the end of Q3...

Update: I’ve finally got pictures which show the MiCard with and without its MMC adapter (cheers Gizmodo!)

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