What is: TF (TransFlash) Card and How is it Different from Micro SD?

Nowadays smartphones are getting more storage for saving large amounts of data or various applications. Many phones come with the option of external storage, where user can use micro SD card for extending their phone storage. Several users are wondering about what TF cards are and how are they related to SD Cards. TF or TransFlash is a barely known name for memory cards and many users are unaware of this name. In this article, we will talk about TF Card and the difference between TF and micro SD cards.

What is TF Card?

TF or T-Flash stands for TransFlash. This was the original name for the micro secure digital (SD) cards. These cards were launched by the SanDisk company in 2004. TF card worked as the smallest memory card of all the time and it is used to store data in digital form. Micro SD and TF Cards can be used in various types of devices such as smartphones, cameras, computers and other such devices for storing information like videos, pictures and so. This memory card was considered to be the world’s smallest memory card with the size of the fingernail.

In simple words, TF Card was the starting name and product of SanDisk Company that later on changing into the micro SD card. Updating and improving the product is a common thing for any company, the same was for changing the TransFlash name.

Difference Between TransFlash and Micro SD Card

Micro SD (SD stands for Secure Digital) and a TransFlash memory card are very much alike and can be used in place of one another. However, there is little difference between them. Micro SD cards can support SDIO mode, which means they can perform tasks unrelated to memory, such as Bluetooth, GPS, and Near Field Communication. Whereas a TransFlash card cannot perform this kind of task.

Transflash was the name for the starting product, so you can find most of the TF cards in 16MB and 32MB sizes. From 2014 until now, micro SD and TransFlash cards are considered to be the same. TF and micro SD cards have the same dimensions and specifications, and both cards are fully compatible with each other. Both cards are still used up until today on mobile devices, although it is hard to find the original TransFlash memory cards.