The “Android SIM”: CPU, OS, and 1GB of memory on a tiny, hot-swappable card.

by Dirk
Posted February 18th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Smartphones have the ability of usually being fairly customizable on the users’ end, allowing various configuration changes and other software tweaks. The biggest reason that such tinkering catches on however is generally dependent on the OS and hardware inside. Because of that, the ability to customize a device varies from handheld to handheld. But what if the typical notion of a smartphone were removed from the traditional plastic shell and shrunken down into a card no bigger than your standard SIM card?

Such is the task and goal behind the “Android SIM’. Shown off by SK Telecom at MWC, the Android SIM may not replace the high-end smartphones (yet), but it will make everything else below it obsolete. The real beauty is that the Android SIM features an integrated CPU, 1GB of memory, and of course, the Android OS — again, all on a SIM card! Impressed isn’t quite the right word…Geeked is more like it.

The big winners of such a card would be lower end phones since you could make them even cheaper by leaving out the processor, memory and OS and instead rely on these little cards to do all the heavy lifting. Such cards are not only cool because of what they can do, but what they’ll lead to. Just think, evolving this Android SIM even further can lead to other cool stuff such a stick on CPU’s, batteries, electrical plugs, etc. Now if I could only get a hold of a few of these…


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