SmartMedia Card is an ultra-compact flash memory cards developed by Toshiba in 1995. It consists of a flash memory chips and are used in handheld PCs, PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, and digital music players etc.
The SmartMedia card had a smaller capacity that is ranging from 2MB to 128MB, and is about the size of 45mm x 37mm x .76mm dimension. They were available in 3.3 and 5 volt variations and do not require assembly in manufacture as they were come in chip package. These cards usually do not have an incorporated controller. The cards can be plugged into a SmartMedia socket or into a standard Type II PC Card slot with a PC Card adapter while connecting to the PC for transferring the files.
SmartMedia cards can be used in a standard 3.5" floppy drive by means of a FlashPath adapter. This is the only known way of obtaining flash memory functionality with old hardware, and is also a SmartMedia’s most distinctive features.
SmartMedia uses 22 pins port, physical format and logical format.
SmartMedia works under two types of voltages that are 3.3 volt and 5 volt. However, it doesn't support two types of voltage at the same time.
Specifications of SmartMedia cards:
Because of its small and thin structure, SmartMedia card is the ideal removable memory card for majority of the portable devices. Moreover, it is equipped with a NAND flash memory chip developed mainly for file storage, this enables SmartMedia to perform write / erase activity fast. If you use a PC card adaptor, SmartMedia functions as a PC card standardized by PCMCIA / JEIDA.
The main advantage that SmartMedia cards have over the other memory cards is that they can read, write, and erase memory in small blocks of data i.e. 256 or 512 bytes at a time. So that one can more precisely select what data you want to save.
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