The new card is about the size of a finger-nail, and according to Samsung, features the highest capacity today for a microSD card.
Samsung Electronics has announced developing a finger-nail sized 8GB microSD (Secure Digital) memory card, a size, which it says, is optimal for today's multimedia mobile phones.
The company says that the new 8GB card, which features the highest capacity today for a microSD card, is capable of storing 2,000 MP3 music files, 4,000 digital photos, or approximately 5 DVD-quality movies.
A quarter the size of an SD card, any microSD card is backward compatible with SD cards (using an extender), to allow multimedia files downloaded by mobile phones to be easily displayed on other media.
The 8GB microSD card has a read speed of 16MB per second, and a write speed of 6MB per second, exceeding the data write speed of 4MB per second of the Speed Class 4 Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) standard. Samsung says its new card sports speeds that are higher than those of most competing microSD cards available on the market.
According to market research firm Dataquest, the memory card market is predicted to have a 10 percent average annual growth between 2006 and 2010, while demand for high density 8GB cards is estimated to grow at an average of 2.6 times per year in the same period.