SD Alliance License

Joel Sherrill joel.sherrill at
Fri Jan 23 22:11:37 UTC 2009


Someone forwarded this to me and I wanted to
pass it along.  No endorsement -- just information:

>  SD products require a license fee AFAIK For our part we 
> expect we'll have to pay the fees when shipping a product. I don't know 
> if other users are aware of this caveat when choosing a hardware 
> platform. It's possible that the silicon vendor pays when they integrate 
> a SD bus controller-- but if you're implmenting it via serial (either 
> 1bit or i2c) then this won't help. Anyway the whole topic is slightly 
> confusing. Maybe a note in the manuals to consult with the SD 
> association rules before using it.
My reading of the license is that it is to use
the SD logo.  But I am not a lawyer. :)

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