Custom SD Cards from Premium USB
What is the most common flash technology used today? SD cards (or Secure Digital Cards)! These little gems are everywhere from cell phones to cameras and from video game devices to laptops and personal computers. SD cards are used by almost everyone who uses today’s modern technology. Since they are used constantly, they provide an excellent opportunity to brand and deliver a custom promotional message. Whether for a company to sell their own line of SD cards or to extend their brand presence, custom SD cards offer a unique opportunity to reach a lot of people. SD cards are a form of flash memory, similar to USB flash drives, that come in many sizes and forms for many different devices.
Below I will explain the major types of SD cards, the differing SD card capacities and sizes.
Secure Digital (SD) Card Types
Secure Digital cards come in four “families” that are each available in three different “forms” (which means there are a variety of family and form combinations out there). The most common SD cards are Standard Capacity and SDHC in all three sizes. The SDXC family is not available in the mini size, and the SDIO family is not available in the micro size.
- Standard-Capacity (SDSC)
- Capacity: 1MB – 2GB
- High-Capacity (SDHC)
- Capacity: 4GB – 32GB
- eXtended-Capacity (SDXC)
- Capacity: 32GB – 2TB
- SDIO - Combining input/output functions with data storage
SD Forms (Sizes)
- Standard size
- SD (SDSC), SDHC, SDXC, SDIO
- 32 mm × 24 mm × 2.1 mm
- Mini size
- miniSD, miniSDHC, miniSDIO
- 21.5 mm × 20 mm × 1.4 mm
- Micro size
- microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
- 15 mm × 11 mm × 1.0 mm
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
The SDHC cards support capacities up to 32 GB. When you see the SDHC trademark you know you are getting true compatibility. The High-Capacity cards are physically and electrically identical to standard-capacity SD cards (SDSC). Host devices that accept SDHC cards are required to accept SDSC cards. However, host devices designed for SDSC do not recognize SDHC or SDXC memory cards, although some devices can do so through a firmware upgrade. Older operating systems require patches to support SDHC. For instance, Microsoft Windows XP before SP3 requires a patch to support access to SDHC cards. Windows Vista SP1 also requires a later service pack.
Custom SD Cards
The widespread use of SD cards provide a great opportunity to put your brand on the card label. When you have a marketing campaign or corporate event, you can provide a promotional gift that has your logo and provides something of real value. Your audience uses SD cards all the time, most of them have digital cameras! When they receive your custom label designed SDHC card they will appreciate the opportunity to make sure their memories are stored safely and transferred easily. Premium USB offers you the opportunity to create a custom label so your brand takes center stage offering quick data transfers and high capacity secure storage.
What devices do you use that have SD cards? Let me know in the comments below.