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Nokia joins Secure Digital industry group

The mobile phone maker will support tiny data storage devices and their multimedia cards.

Nokia on Tuesday said it has joined an industry group working on technical and specification standards for Secure Digital memory card applications.

Becoming a member of the SD Card Association signals the phone maker's intent to deploy SD memory cards, in addition to multimedia cards, in its mobile products.

SD cards are removable data storage devices about the size of a postage stamp. They can be used in products such as mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, PDAs, printers, desktops and television sets.

Nokia said SD memory cards will be in used in addition to the multimedia cards it currently supports in mobile devices. Nokia users will be able to exchange digital content among SD-enabled devices on the market, the company said.

The SD Card Association is an open industry standards body set up in 2000 by Matsushita Electric, SanDisk and Toshiba. More than 700 companies support it. The body recently formed a mobile-phone task force.

"With mobile devices driving the ongoing digital convergence, the demand for memory capacity multiplies to enable extensive storage of digital content in mobile devices," Timo Poikolainen, vice president of technology marketing at Nokia, said in a statement. "Therefore, we aim to ensure that the needs of the mobile device industry will be met in the development of future SD card standards."