Splash in Flash Memory

Flash Memory And Their Beloved Gadgets
Flash Memory is quickly become the defacto standard for storing digital data. We will see a day when optical media and disc drives are long gone with only solid state flash memory serving up our digital dreams. Come splash in flash memory.

Encrypted Cell Phones Tell No Tales

01.25.08 | MicroSD | Permalink

KoolSpan is offering up an encryption solution for cell phones, PDAs, smartphones and the like for end-to-end security. For mission critical applications, say government or defense contract work, a simple and convenient security system for cell phones is serious business.

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KoolSpan has made encrypted cell phones simple. With any device that has microSD support the KoolSpan system will work. The solution is simple – just dial the number. If the other phone is KoolSpan enabled, then both phones automatically go [256bit] secure.

The KoolSpan encryption process is based off their TrustCenter management center. Here administrators can create security groups and permit / deny users based off security clearance protocols. All the necessary authentication keys, identity codes and crypto algorithms are pre-loaded into the KoolSpan TrustChipâ„¢. From that point on, mobile devices find each other through normal phone calls, and then transparently and automatically authenticate and encrypt sessions for secure end-to-end communications.

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The KoolSpan encrypted cell phone solution is plug-n-play with the microSD TrustChip with no further configuration required. The TrustChip runs about $300 USD and isn’t clear on whether a monthly service is required.

KoolSpan TrustChip product page.

New 12GB microSDHC is 50% Storage Boost

01.17.08 | Flash Memory News| MicroSDHC| SDHC | Permalink

12gb microsdhc sandisk cardSanDisk announced today a massive 12GB microSDHC card which is 50% larger in storage capacity than it’s previous model (8GB).

So what does this mean?  It means our mobile devices are getting one step closer to becoming a storage medium for all sorts of data, phone related or not.  From MP3 files, video and data files … with 12GB of flash memory, quit a lot can fit.  To put things into perspective, the microSDHC can hold [about] 1,500 MP3 songs, 3,600 photos and 24.5 hours of video.

If you haven’t used or seen a microSDHC card, make sure you stop off at your local computer store and take a look.  The size is incredibly small.  About the size of your pinky fingernail.

Some background info:  The SDHC format applies to SD flash memory which is larger than 2GB is storage space.  The new 12GB microSDHC card conforms to the SD 2.00 specification and has the theoretical maximum storage capacity of 32GB.

On a closing note, the new SanDisk microSDHC card has a transfer speed compatible with the Class 4 specification.  Too geeky for ya – let me sum it up: (more…)

Re-Format Your RAW Flash Memory Card

01.16.08 | Solid State Memory | Permalink

So what is the best way to re-format your flash memory card in RAW format?

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Unfortunately Windows doesn’t recognize RAW partitions as valid memory…so trying to use Windows utilities just wont work. Windows wont format a card unless it’s in a way that Windows can understand – this would be FAT or FAT32 format for a flash memory card.

Sure, you can use Windows utilities to re-format the RAW card into a FAT or FAT32 format, but keeping your RAW format can only be done one way.

The most common use of RAW is with digital cameras, and with every digital camera you have the option to re-format the card. This is the process you should use. Depending on your camera performance this format process might be quick or might take some time. So be prepaired.

Most cameras will recognize a flash memory card that is FAT, FAT32 or RAW format so you should be fine regardless of the re-format you just [accidentily] performed!