Insight - How Memory Card works
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The Secure Digital (SD) Card or more commonly known as memory cards are small size storage devices that are specially designed to store and transfer data from audio and video consumer electronic devices like digicam, cell phones, voice recorders etc. They are known as secure digital card because they include a copyright protection mechanism that complies with the security of the SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) standards. In this mechanism, a mutual authentication and encryptions are used to protect the card content from illegal usage.
A commonly used memory card is shown in the above image. The notch in the tip right corner of the card helps to identify the right way of attaching with the device. As per the standards, each SD card is formatted with a File Allocation Table (FAT) file system, which allows every operating system to access the files in that system.
The SD card communicates with the host (PC/Laptop) based on an advanced nine pin interface which is designed to operate at a low voltage. The nine pins, as shown in the above image, are for Clock, Command, Data and Power.