SanDisk Corp. unveiled a fingernail-sized microSD card with 1GB of memory Friday at CES.
SanDisk, which said the device is the smallest flash memory card in the world, added that the card can store up to 32 hours of WMA-compressed music, equal to about 480 songs. The card will initially be offered by Verizon Wireless for use with its V CAST Music service.
An adapter for the card enables it to be used also in a standard SD slot.
“Flash card slots in mobile phones are proliferating in response to new usages and services, which are driving the demand for higher capacity memory,” said Jeff Kost, SanDisk’s vice president of handset business, in a statement.
Verizon Wireless customers will be able to download songs wirelessly and then store them on SanDisk cards. The songs can be played on the phone or transferred to a PC with a Microsoft Windows operating system. The Verizon V CAST Music offering is scheduled to launch Jan. 16 on selected cell phones.
Scheduled for February availability, the tiny card carries a suggested retail price of $119.99.