Nokia said that it has applied for membership in the SD Card Association and has signed a licensing agreement for enabling the use of SD memory cards in its devices. According to a statement, Nokia will continue to support MultiMediaCards (MMC) that are currently widely used in Nokia’s mobile devices.
The SD memory cards have gained acceptance in the market of digital still cameras, camcorders, PDAs and other home electronics, and seems to be a natural step in the evolution of storage systems for mobile phones.
“This is a natural step in our digital convergence strategy to adopt leading technologies to launch new, compelling mobile devices and services,” said Timo Poikolainen, vice president of technology marketing at Nokia.
To expand the capabilities of SD memory cards in mobile devices, the SD Card Association has recently formed a Mobile Phone Task Force. By joining the association, Nokia hopes to be able to contribute to the future SD flash card standardization work done on the Mobile Task Force.
The SD memory card is a removable data storage device about the size of a postage stamp. The SD Card Association is an industry standards organization established in 2000 by Matsushita Electric, SanDisk and Toshiba, and is supported by a consortium of over 700 companies.