SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation developed the â€œMemory Stick Microâ€? format, an ultra-small IC recording media designed to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones.
â€œMemory Stick Microâ€? media is about 1.2 mm thick. The mediaâ€™s edges are slotted lengthwise to allow for more slim-line designed connectors to reduce space in host devices. As dual-voltage media, Memory Stick Micro supports devices operating at 3.3 volts and 1.8 volts. Memory Stick Micro is designed as an externally removable media with a controlled eject function to prevent users losing the media. Users will be able to insert Memory Stick Micro into an adapter for exchanging data to a Memory Stick PRO compatible product.
In recent years, Memory Stick media has been widely used for entertainment purposes such as playing back video and music content. As mobile phones become more advanced with varied functions, including video and music playback, there is an increasing need for smaller, high-capacity media which this product addresses.
The development of â€œMemory Stick Microâ€? compatible hardware will begin October 3rd 2005 and the Memory Stick Micro media will be made available in 1st half of 2006.