What Is a Secure Digital Card?
If you have used a digital camera, video camera, smartphone, or music player in the past 20 years, you have almost certainly used a device with a Secure Digital card. These cards offer easy-to-install embedded storage for devices that require high-capacity, reliable memory. Secure Digital, or SD, cards are among the oldest memory devices on the market, but that doesn’t mean that they are outdated. Thanks to continual updates and a number of redesigns, secure digital cards are as relevant today as when they were introduced in 1999. Here are the facts about this widely used form of embedded storage.
Secure Digital Association
The Secure Digital Association was formed in 1999 by SanDisk, Panasonic, and Toshiba with the aim of developing a standard format for a multimedia card. The result was the first SD card. Since then, all SD cards, regardless of the manufacturer, have been designed to conform to the standards set by the SD Association. These universal standards for SD cards allow users to know exactly what they are getting when they purchase an SD card. This makes these cards easily interchangeable, even when they are from different manufacturers. Over the years, the Secure Digital Association has continued to refine the design and specifications of SD cards to meet the changing needs of both consumer and industrial markets. These updates have included changes to increase the speed and capacity of SD cards.
SD Card Uses
Because SD cards have such wide-ranging compatibility, they can be used in a huge array of devices that require flash memory. SD cards are particularly helpful in providing storage for high-resolution photo and video files. They are also commonly used in smartphones to store music files, applications, and ringtones. SD cards are a popular choice for devices that need high storage capacities in a small form factor.
Industrial SD Cards
SD cards are used in consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. For industrial devices, SD cards that feature SLC flash memory are typical. SLC flash offers the highest degree of flash memory security and can tolerate rugged operating conditions.
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