Toshiba shrinks Bluetooth secure digital card

Toshiba has unveiled the latest version of its Bluetooth Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) card for portable digital consumer equipment,...

Toshiba has unveiled the latest version of its Bluetooth Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) card for portable digital consumer equipment, such as personal digital assistants and digital still cameras that have an SDIO card slot.

The card consumes half as much power when transmitting and receiving data and is 9mm shorter than the Bluetooth SD card Toshiba launched last year.

Like the previous version, the card complies with Bluetooth 1.1, which means it supports data transmission at speeds of up to 768kbps at a maximum distance of around 10m.

Toshiba planned to offer the card as an original equipment manufacturer product to other companies for them to sell under their own brand name. Samples are already available at $100 (£64) and Toshiba will enter mass production next month this year at a rate of 50,000 units per month.

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