Storage

miCard the new memory card standard?


Taiwanese research institutes have developed a new memory-card standard called the miCard (Multiple Interface Card). This card has been designed to operate with both consumer electronics and personal computers. The cards are designed to be compatible with the MMC type memory cards used in many low end consumer electronics products as well as the USB standard which enables interaction with PC’s and laptops.

 

miCard

As you can see, the miCard is tiny and can be inserted directly in to a USB socket without the need to have a full-size USB connector. For use with MMC-compatible devices, the miCard is inserted into a small adapter. The miCard should be available from the third quarter of this year with twelve Taiwanese companies including Asustek, Ben-Q and RiChip ready to go in to manufacture. Officials estimate that Taiwanese companies will save over $40,000,000 in licensing fees by using the miCard standard.

Storage space will initially top out at 8GB but the maximum capacity is expected to increase to 2048GB over time (that’s 2TB!!). A major advantage of the miCard over traditional MMC cards is that a separate reader won’t be required to transfer data over to a computer. The miCard can simply be removed from its adaptor and inserted in to the computer's USB port.

It’s nice to see this kind of innovation (particularly the use of a low profile USB header), but I wonder whether it’s just going to be another memory card format that ultimately ends up adding to the pile? I currently have to use CF memory in my digital SLR, SD in my satellite navigation, Sony Memory-Stick in my compact camera, and Sony Memory-Stick Duo in my PSP!

8 comments
charles_herrmann
charles_herrmann

I already have a PNY SD card that snaps open so that it can be inserted in a USB slot. Old news!

MGP2
MGP2

Currently, there are about 8 card types, and we use a USB card reader that reads the 8 different cards. With this new card, there will be one card, and there will apparently be 8 different adapters - one for each device to convert the miCard to fit the different devices. What am I missing?

David_W
David_W

Now that sounds like a neat way of solving the problem...who makes it?

sinfante73
sinfante73

that you can use it with any device and read it directly in the PC's USB port without using any USB adapter or card reader.

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

they quit making mmc cards but you still have a device that only supports that type of memory?

Justin Fielding
Justin Fielding

I don't think you're missing a thing. It's yet another card type to add to the confusion.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

PNY is the maker :)

scotts
scotts

It's all the same. A little chip in a chunk of plastic. Not really a big deal. A majority of computers come with memory card slots now so that kind of negates the novelty of the usb functionality. In any case good idea just a little late to the party.