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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Flash Memory Card Formats

Initially, Flash memory cards were made according to the PC Card Standard, which provides physical specifications for three types of PC Cards. All three card types have the same length and width and use the same 68-pin connector. The only difference between the card types is the thickness. The thickness is 3.3, 5.0, and 10.5 millimeters for Type I, Type II, and Type III cards, respectively.

Increasing competition among flash memory chip makers, along with their desire to enter new markets of such devices as PDAs, digital cameras, sound recorders, and so on (see Chapter 7), resulted in newer card formats being introduced. There were about six formats introduced in recent years, with cards being even smaller than the Type ...

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