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When Will We Finally Have a Standardized Memory Format?

by Sean P. Aune | January 14, 2010January 14, 2010 2:42 pm PST

The European Union has decided that all cell phones should be charged with Micro USB to bring a standard format to all cell phones across the union.  This will be beneficial to consumers as it will allow them to use each others cables, only one style of cable will need to be stocked by retailers and it should help the environment as you will no longer be tossing out cables from old phones.

When is someone going to do this for memory cards?

sdcardsAs digital cameras have progressed, so have memory cards, but even in this day and age you still have numerous styles of cards out there which leads to confusion in the marketplace, and the need for consumers to add 19-in-1 memory card readers to their computers.  Of course a portion of the reason behind this is that each company wants to make money from selling you their own style of card, but this was the same issue that was behind the problem with all of those different cell phone chargers, so why isn’t something happening in the memory card market also?

The better solution would be to eliminate memory cards all together in the traditional sense if at all possible.  Products like the Eye-Fi cards are allowing users to offload their images to their computers via Wi-Fi without ever having to plug in a cable or taking out a memory card.  Some cameras are even building in Wi-Fi connectivity now to let you just offload images or email them directly from the device itself.  With features like that, who will even need memory cards?

Until such a day as the technology is no longer needed, there is going to have to be some sort of thought put into standardizing a format across brands.  The SD (Secure Digital) cards seem to be winning in the physical format as the Eye-Fi cards use the same form factor, but then you still have Sony and its Memory Sticks, but since when has Sony ever not done its own thing?

Perhaps it is a pipe dream to think the camera manufacturers would ever be able to come to any sort of agreement on a matter such as this, but if they aren’t careful, they might find the decision being made for them like it was with the cell phone makers.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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