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MicroSD on future boards?

Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:01 pm

Perhaps it's just me, but I had real difficulty finding a full sized SD card. I have loads of microSD cards - because that's what most phones take.

In the end, I used an SD adapter - which juts out of the board quite far.

So, my suggestion would be to use a micro SD port rather than the full version in future revisions.
  • Mechanically identical, so hopefully not too hard to rejig the layout.
  • Smaller, so would be harder to knock and break.
  • More common. Almost every phone uses these memory cards - so people should have an old one laying around. (Same rationale as using microUSB for charging)
Just a thought :-)

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Re: MicroSD on future boards?

Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:21 pm

The vast majority of the web shops I see are selling SDHC cards offer many many standard sized ones and only a few micro cards - and yes, they knew that they would stick out of the side of the Pi.

A respin of the board is very unlikely in the next year or so. Consider also that manual dexterity is not a forte of many young people (as their brains are still developing until about 15/16) and the bigger sized card is more suitable.

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Re: MicroSD on future boards?

Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:27 pm

Also you can always put micro and mini SDs in an adapter. You can't really make a full-size SD smaller it's "too late"
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Re: MicroSD on future boards?

Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:10 pm

MicroSD cards are also much easier to lose ;)

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Re: MicroSD on future boards?

Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:05 pm

I believe uSD cards are not rated to a high enough number of insertions and are mechanically less robust, in addition to the comments above.
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