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Store Card Memory testing 29th January 2006

Article by Darren Griffin

 

If you've bought or received any sort of gadget over the last 12 months then the chances are one or more of them use memory cards. From PDA's , all-in one GPS units and mobile phones to mp3 players and digital cameras they all use memory cards to store their data and the capacities of these cards are rising almost as qucikly as their prices fall.

 

Thanks to the generosity of the chaps over at MobyMemory who have supplied a number of memory cards covering the most popular formats, I will attempt to explain the different formats of cards, and bench test them comparing high speed cards against their normal speed variants.

 

Overview

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www.MobyMemory.com

 

 


Quick Navigation

Overview

Cards tested

Devices Tested

Testing Methods

Compatibility Results

Speed Results

Conclusion

Resources

 


Cards Tested

We tested 4 different types of card. Mainly SD and MMC with a couple of Mem-Stick cards as well. During the tests a number of these cards were used, but the ones we actually performed the speed and compatibility tests on are identified below.

 

SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards
Manufacturer Capacity Type Serial / Part Number Made in
         

 

Multimedia (MMC) Memory Cards
Manufacturer Capacity Type Serial / Part Number Made in
         

 

Memory Stick (Mem-Stick) Memory Cards
Manufacturer Capacity Type Serial Made in
         

 


Devices Tested

As the memory cards are designed to be used in a number of different devices we have gathered together as many devices as we could find and used them both for the compatibility and speed tests. We will add to this list as we get our hands on new devices.

 

Manufacturer Model Operating System Card Types
HP iPAQ 2210 WM2003 SD
HTC O2 XDA Exec WM 5.0 SD
  XDAII WM2003 SD
TomTom GO 700 Linux SD
Navman iCN520 WinCE SD/MMC
Nokia 6600 Symbian MMC
Sony P910 Symbian Mem Stick Pro Duo
Nikon Coolpix 4600   SD/MMC

 


Testing Methods

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Compatibility Results

 

Manufacturer Capacity 2210 Exec XDAII GO 520 6600 P910 4600
MobyMemory 1.0 GB CF N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A

 

1) In one of the 3 tests performed the Integral card failed on the Palm T3 requiring a reset of the PDA.


Speed Results

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MultiMedia MMC Memory Cards
Manufacturer Capacity Reading Writing Comments
Secs Xfer Secs Xfer
MobyMemory 512 Mb 241 2.00 316 1.53  

 

Application Speed Tests

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Compact Flash Memory Cards
Manufacturer Capacity HP iPAQ 4700 TomTom GO Comments
Route Route+ Secs
MobyMemory 1.0 GB 28.64 32.98 N/A  

 

 

Conclusions

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Memory cards supplied by and available from:

www.MobyMemory.com

 

Resources

Manufacturers Websites  
Pocket GPS Contributor

Darren Griffin

   
Manufacturers Websites  
MobyMemory http://www.mobymemory.com

 

 

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