Compact Flash Card: Efficient and Durable
Compact Flash Card was developed by Sandisk in 1994 and since then it has gained popularity due to its
efficiency. With a size of 43mm x 36 mm and a maximum storage capacity of 1 gigabyte, this flash
memory card helps in storing and transferring data from one device to another. There has been a
considerable rise of various technological devices used in day to day life like laptops, mobile phones,
digital cameras, camcorders and video games. These devices have a specific storage capacity and are
incapable of storing huge amount of data. This requires the removal of some of the existing data. To cater
to this problem, compactflash memory cards were developed.
There are basically two types of compact flash (CF) cards- the type I and type-II. The type I has a
thickness of 3.3mm whereas the type II comes with a thickness of 5mm. These flash memory cards offer
you with four different speeds, the first one being the standard flash card, the second one is the compact
(CF) flash high speed using up to CF2.0, the third one is a quicker CF 3.0 standard and lastly, the fastest
CF 4.0 standard. The compact flash (CF) cards offer you with a memory ranging from 2Mbyte/s to a
maximum of 128Gbyte/s. A 128Gbyte card with 400x speed provides you with a data transfer rate of
These compactflash memory cards are handy and solve all purposes of storing data. It easily reads the
required data of the device and efficiently transfers it to the desired device. This simple plug in device can
be comfortably handled. Due to its non-volatile memory, data can be retained even after the device is shut
down. The compactflash memory cards are highly durable, thereby, eliminating the chances of wear and
tear. Due to their durability and efficiency, these cards can be used as hard drives. These flash memory
cards have a large storage capacity that enables effective storage of large amount of data. The high data
transfer rate offered by these devices enables quick and hassle-free data transferring. However, you
should purchase a compactflash memory card suiting your specifications, requirements and usage. A flash
card with an advanced multi-format reader is beneficial as it can be used in different devices.
Compact (CF) flash cards are undoubtedly more efficient than the smart media cards. The previous cards
were initially developed in 1995 but lacked durability and could not match up to the new and latest digital
cameras and other devices. A 16 MB SmartMedia card possesses a storage capacity of only 16 MB
whereas 128MB compact flash (CF) cards have a huge storage capacity. The flash cards start from 128
MB compact flash (CF) cards to 64GB compact flash (CF) cards, thereby allowing a huge storage
capacity whereas SmartMedia cards start from 16MB SmartMedia card to a maximum of 128MB storage
capacity. Therefore the compact flash cards are far more superior to the SmartMedia cards. The flash
cards are beneficial in all kinds of computing devices starting from computer desktops to personal digital
assistants. The flash cards are similar to the SmartMedia cards size but are more compatible and sturdy
when compared to the SmartMedia cards.
A 16MB SmartMedia card has a low storage capacity as compared to a 128MB compact flash card.
SmartMedia cards have gradually lost prominence due to their low efficiency but the flash cards are
indeed very competent.