Toshiba Corp., Tokyo, Japan, announced the launch of an industry forum to promote a new SD card integrating Wi-Fi
wireless communication with data storage capabilities. The forum, the “Standard Promotion Forum for Memory Cards Embedding Wireless LAN” was founded by Toshiba and Singapore-based Trek 2000 International Ltd.
According to Toshiba’s announcement, the card is designed to bring Wi-Fi functionality to digital still cameras that have an SDHC slot. Once in a camera, a card can recognize and communicate with the same type of card in another camera (on a one-to-one basis), and users can exchange photographs quickly and easily. It also allows users to upload and download photographs to and from a server without any need for a cable connection or transfers of the memory card.
The new card is compliant with the SD memory card standard, supports IEEE 802.11b/g and has an 8-gigabyte capacity. It can transfer both JPEG and RAW images, the two most widely used digital formats. Toshiba and Trek will invite the participation of digital camera manufacturers and other interested parties in promoting the card, and in exchanges of technical information toward establishing standard specifications and expanding the use of the card.