Kingston launches microSD

Kingston Technology launches microSD to support new smartphones.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 17:58 IST

Kingston Technology Company, the world’s largest independent memory module manufacturer, has announced its major support of the growing multifunction mobile or “Smartphone” market with the release of microSD expansion memory cards as well as larger capacity miniSD and MMCmobile cards, all shipping immediately.

“New multifunction mobile handsets are just starting to touch the market and Kingston is ready with multiple formats of expansion memory to support these advanced wireless devices,” said Dave Lee, Digital Media Product Manager, APAC Business Division, Kingston.

Kingston’s new microSD cards ship bundled with an SD adapter for use as a full-size SD card. To protect against accidental data loss, the adapter has a built-in write-protect switch. The 256-MB card is the first offering in the microSD product line, with larger capacities to follow.

Kingston microSD Features and Specifications:

Capacities – 256 MB
Dimensions – .43" x .59" x .039" (11mm x 15mm x 1mm)
Speed Rating** – 8.8 MB/sec. read rate; 6.5 MB/sec. write rate
Operating Temperature – 32° F to 140° F (0° C to 60° C)
Storage Temperature – -4° F to 185° F (-20° C to 85° C)
Weight – 0.04 lbs. (1.41g)
Standardized – complies with SD Association specification standards
Ultra-Portable – extremely small footprint design
Versatile – when combined with the included adapter, can be used as a full-size SD card
Simple – as easy as plug-and-play
Reliable – lifetime warranty

Bigger Capacities: 1-GB MMCmobile, miniSD Cards
Anticipating the need for greater storage capabilities as new multifunction phones emerge, Kingston is offering 1-GB versions of both its MMCmobile and miniSD cards. The 1-GB cards will provide increased storage capacity for new feature-rich multifunction mobile devices.

Given the myriad of expansion memory formats selected by wireless handset makers, Kingston is offering a variety of mobile memory solutions, ranging from miniSD, microSD, and MMCmobile cards, in addition to the standard SD and MMC cards currently used for expansion memory purposes in some multifunction cellular phones.

* Some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For more information, please consult Kingston’s Digital Media Guide at

** Speed may vary based on host hardware, software and usage. For more information about X speed, visit

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 17:58 IST