No SD Slot Peripherals Until Fall
One of the most anticipated features of the upcoming m500 series is its ability to use very small peripherals that plug into the Secure Digital (SD) slot. However, while Palm has already announced the m500 series, no companies have stepped forward to talk about their SD slot peripherals besides memory cards. This is because the SD Card Association has not yet finalized all the standards necessary for items like modems and digital cameras to use the slot, which could delay the release of SD slot peripherals until possibly this fall.
The sticking point is a specification for handling input and output to the peripherals. According to a press release from the SD Card Assoc., the I/O technical working group has submitted the specification to the General Membership for final approval that is expected to be complete sometime this month.
"The specification will enable the SD Card slot to become a multi-purpose expansion port for a variety of new capabilities such as Bluetooth, GPS, Imaging and Communication," stated Bill Stanley, Principal Engineer for Palm Inc. and Co-Chairman of the I/O working group. "This will extend the capabilities of any SD enabled device."
Palm has been showing an array of mock-ups of SD slot peripherals for months but all appear to be non-functional and none of them has even a projected release date or price. PCWeek predicts that none will appear "at least until the fall".
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