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A 128MB SmartMedia flash memory card.

SmartMedia is a flash memory card standard owned by Toshiba. It was launched in the summer of 1995 to compete with MiniCard, CompactFlash, and PC card formats. SmartMedia was initially named the Solid State Floppy Disk Card (SSFDC) and pitched as a successor to the floppy disk, albeit memory cards are nowadays associated with digital cameras, digital audio players, PDAs, and other devices. A SmartMedia card consists of a single NAND flash chip embedded in a thin plastic card (though some higher capacity cards contain multiple, linked chips). It was one of the smallest and the thinnest (0.76 mm) of the early memory cards, and managed to maintain a favorable cost ratio as compared to the others. It lacks a built-in controller, which kept the cost down. This feature later caused problems, since some older devices would require firmware updates to handle larger capacity cards. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... A USB flash drive. ... Four major types of memory cards (from left to right: CompactFlash, MemoryStick, Secure Digital, and xD. A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. ... Toshiba Corporations headquarters (Center) in Hamamatsucho, Tokyo Toshiba Corporation sales by division for year ending March, 31 2005 Toshiba Corporation ) (TYO: 6502 ) is a multinational high technology electrical and electronics manufacturing firm, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Miniature Card or MiniCard is a flash memory storage card standard first promoted by Intel Corp. ... A 64 MB CompactFlash Type I card A 32 MB High Speed CompactFlash Type I card CompactFlash (CF) was originally developed as a type of data storage device used in portable electronic devices. ... The PCMCIA is the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, an industry trade association that creates standards for notebook computer peripheral devices. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Apple iPod, the most popular hard drive-based digital audio player An embedded hard drive-based player (Creative Zen Vision:M), one of the many alternatives for the iPod An MP3 CD player (Philips Expanium) Some mobile phones can be used as digital audio players, such as the Nokia 6233. ... Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ... A USB Flash Memory Device Flash memory is a form of EEPROM (Electrically-Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) that allows multiple memory locations to be erased or written in one programming operation. ...

A 32MB SmartMedia flash memory card (on keyboard for scale)
A 32MB SmartMedia flash memory card (on keyboard for scale)

Typically, a SmartMedia card was used as storage media for a portable device, in a form that can easily be removed for access by a PC. For example, pictures taken with a digital camera would be stored as image files on a SmartMedia card. A user could copy the images to his computer with a SmartMedia reader (typically a small box that connects via USB or some other serial connection). Modern computers, both laptops and desktops, will occasionally have SmartMedia slots built in. While dedicated SmartMedia readers have dropped off, readers that read multiple card types (such as 4 in 1, 10 in 1, etc) continue to include the format. Since these multi-card readers are becoming increasingly common, especially on new computers, the installed base of Smartmedia cards is still increasing and has never been larger as of 2006. Image File history File links A 32 megabyte SmartMedia Card. ... Image File history File links A 32 megabyte SmartMedia Card. ... While being one of the first personal computers, the Altair 8800 was considered a mere toy due its lack of abilities. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Note: USB may also mean upper sideband in radio. ... Laptop with touchpad. ...


SmartMedia was popular in digital cameras, and reached its peak in about 2001 when it garnered nearly half of the digital camera market. It was backed especially by Fuji and Olympus, though the format was starting to have problems. Namely, cards larger than 128 MB were not available and the compact digital cameras were reaching a size where even SmartMedia were too big to be convienent. A further blow happened when Olympus switched to Secure Digital cards, and it ceased to have major support after Olympus and Fuji both switched to xD. It did not find as much support in PDAs, MP3 Players, or Pagers as some formats (especially in North America and Europe), though there was still significant use. Fujifilm TYO: 4901 , NASDAQ: FUJIY is a Japanese company known for its photographic film and cameras. ... This article refers to a mountain in Greece. ... This article refers to a mountain in Greece. ... A USB device for reading various kinds of flash memories, with a SD card plugged in Secure Digital (SD) is a flash (non-volatile) memory card format developed by Matsushita, SanDisk and Toshiba for use in portable devices, including digital cameras, handheld computers, PDAs and GPS units. ... This article refers to a mountain in Greece. ... Fujifilm TYO: 4901 , NASDAQ: FUJIY is a Japanese company known for its photographic film and cameras. ... xD-Picture Card (front) xD-Picture Card (back) The xD-Picture Card is a type of flash memory memory card, used mainly in digital cameras. ... Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ... A digital audio player (DAP) is a device that stores, organizes and plays digital music files. ... A pager is an electronic device used to contact people via a paging network. ...

A radiograph of SmartMedia card.
A radiograph of SmartMedia card.

SmartMedia cards larger than 128 MB have not been released, and some older devices cannot support cards larger than 16 (sometimes 32) MB without a firmware update (or at all in some cases), both of which contributed to their demise. There were, however, some rumors of a 256 MB card being planned. Technical specifications for the memory size were released, and the 256 MB cards were even advertised in some places. Image File history File linksMetadata Smart_Media_X-ray. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Smart_Media_X-ray. ... Radiography is the creation of radiographs, photographs made by exposing a photographic film or other image receptor to X-rays. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ...


SmartMedia cards no longer appear to be produced by either Toshiba or Samsung, and rebadged versions are no longer being sold by companies such as Lexar and Sandisk. As such, SmartMedia cards are becoming increasingly challenging to find. Toshiba Corporations headquarters (Center) in Hamamatsucho, Tokyo Toshiba Corporation sales by division for year ending March, 31 2005 Toshiba Corporation ) (TYO: 6502 ) is a multinational high technology electrical and electronics manufacturing firm, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. ... Samsung Group is one of the largest South Korean business groupings. ... Lexar is an American manufacturer of various digital media and software based in Fremont, CA. Media manufactured by them include SD cards, Memory Sticks, keydrives, and CompactFlash cards. ... SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), formerly SunDisk, is an American multinational corporation which designs and markets flash memory card products. ...


SmartMedia cards come in two formats, 5 V and 3.3 V (sometimes marked 3 V), named for their main supply voltages. The packaging is nearly identical, except for the reversed side of the mechanical orientation notched corner. Many older SmartMedia devices only support 5V SmartMedia cards, whereas many newer devices only support 3.3V cards. In order to protect 3.3V cards from being damaged in 5V-only devices, the card reader should have some mechanical provision (such as detecting notch type) to disallow insertion of an unsupported type of card. Be aware: some low-cost 5V-only card readers do not operate this way; inserting a 3.3V card into a 5V-only reader will result in permanent damage to the card. Dual-voltage card readers are highly recommended.


There is an oversized/external xD-Picture card-to-SmartMedia adapter that allows xD cards to use an SM port (but does not fit entirely inside an SM slot). There is a limit on how big the xD card can be when used in such adapters (sometimes 128 MB or 256 MB), and the device is subject to the restrictions of the SmartMedia reader as well. An advantage that remains over some other formats is the ability to use any capacity of SmartMedia card in a standard 3.5" floppy drive by using a FlashPath adapter for the format. FlashPath (FlashPath Floppy Disk Adapter) is a name for a series of devices produced by SmartDisk that allow a variety of memory cards to be used in a 3. ...


The full size range of SmartMedia Cards are 2mb, 4mb, 8mb, 16mb, 32mb, 64mb and 128mb. The most commonly available sizes still available for existing devices today are 64mb and 128mb.


Specifications

  • Weight: 2 g
  • Size: 45.0 × 37.0 × 0.76 mm
  • Capacities: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 MB
  • Uses 16-Mbit, 32-Mbit, and 64-Mbit Toshiba TC58-compatible NAND-type flash memory chips
  • Flat electrode terminal with 22 pins — (32M & 64M compatible)
  • 8-bit I/O Interface (16-bit in some cases)
  • Data transfer rate: 2MB/s
  • 1,000,000 read/write cycles
  • ten year storage time without power
  • metallic write-protect sticker
  • Compatible with PCMCIA with an adapter
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type II with an adapter
  • Compatible 3.5" Floppy drive using FlashPath adapter

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See also

This table provides summary of comparison of various flash memory cards. ... Four major types of memory cards (from left to right: CompactFlash, MemoryStick, Secure Digital, and xD. A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. ... A USB flash drive. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
SmartMedia Card
  • SSFDC Forum
  • [1] Pretec SmartMedia to Type II CompactFlash adapter
  • [2] Ritek Website SmartMedia product overview, with 256 MB card listed as largest size.
  • [3] SSFDC News Site with PDF document listing news of the 256 MB SmartMedia card technical specifications being released in SmartMedia NEWS 2002.1 NO.1
  • Olympus Emporium page on xD/SM to PCMCIA adapter

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SmartMedia: Information from Answers.com (1104 words)
SmartMedia was initially named the Solid State Floppy Disk Card (SSFDC) and pitched as a successor to the floppy disk, albeit memory cards are nowadays associated with digital cameras, digital audio players, PDAs, and other devices.
Typically, a SmartMedia card was used as storage media for a portable device, in a form that can easily be removed for access by a PC.
SmartMedia cards larger than 128 MB have not been released, and some older devices cannot support cards larger than 16 (sometimes 32) MB without a firmware update (or at all in some cases), both of which contributed to their demise.
SmartMedia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (898 words)
SmartMedia is a flash memory card standard owned by Toshiba.
A user could copy the images to his or her computer with a SmartMedia reader (typically a small box that connects via USB or some other serial connection).
SmartMedia was popular in digital cameras, and reached its peak in about 2001 when it garnered nearly half of the digital camera market.
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