A memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device, which is used for storing digital information. It is mostly used in electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, telephones, music players, etc. Memory Cards come in small size with re-recordable facility and rugged environmental specifications. They can store data without using power.
Memory cards also refer as a flash memory card. A wide range of data files, like audio and video clips, images, and text documents can be stored in the standard memory card. With the purpose of maintain the integrity, the memory card makes use of flash memory, which helps to load the files loaded onto the card, but there is research into other possible means as well. Different types of memory cards like Secure Digital (SD), CompactFlash (CF), Memory Stick (MS), MultiMediaCard (MMC) xD-Picture Card (xD) and SmartMedia (SM) are available in the market. All these cards are available in different sizes, types and a range of storage capacities.
The CompactFlash card comes with the size of a matchbook while MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital card are just like a postage stamp. At the end of 2002, the latter two are expected to reach up to 1 gigabyte (GB) as storage capacities. There are many advantages of Memory cards like they're much smaller and lighter, extremely portable, allow more immediate access, completely silent, and are less prone to mechanical damage.
The main purpose of the memory cards is to provide a simple method of data storage without a great deal of trouble. A high amount of capacitywill be included in any type of memory card, which makes it perfect for storing larger data files. Many different variations are occurring in the storage card with some of them being somewhat specialized in application and the type of data that can be stored in the memory of the card. A range of capacities will be featured by different variations of the memory card with the purpose of accommodate changing consumer requirements.Usually, more memory or capacity obtainable on a given card will mean a higher price tag.