The European Institute of Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has finally chosen a design for the new nano-SIM format, officially known as 4FF (four form factor), after weeks of debate between the major handset manufacturers. The new design is 40% smaller than the current micro-SIM format, with a width of 12.3 mm by 8.8 mm in length and 0.67mm in height, allowing manufacturers to create smartphones even thinner devices.
The ETSI standard says that the nano-SIM will provide the same functionality as the current SIM card and can be packaged and distributed in a way that is compatible with current SIM designs.
The group did not reveal that format was chosen, only said that “it is not about one company or another industry has taken a collective decision.” However, several reports argue that it is published dimensions of the proposed Apple .
Motorola, Nokia, and RIM all opposed the design presented by Apple, although the Cupertino giant promised not to charge royalties if they chose their design. The three companies argued that their design is technically superior and are less likely to cause damage to a phone to be inserted and does not require a special tray design as Apple.
The parties failed to reach an agreement and the discussion turned hostile by the end of March, when RIM iPhone maker accused of cheating to make your standard is approved. However, a few weeks ago RIM joined with Motorola to reach an agreement with Apple and make a design based on its original proposal with certain modifications as a small notch on one side to secure the card into place once inserted. Still not clear if the ETSI decided to choose or not the design of all or part of Apple.
by Jay Thadeshwar, My Profile