The SD Association is a non-profit organization that sets the global standards for SD and microSD cards. According to its website, the SD Association is a “global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards that simplify the use and extend the life of consumer electronics, including mobile phones.” Membership in the SD Association allows companies to develop products that comply with SD standards and are compatible with other SD-supported devices.
Without an SD Association membership, a company cannot develop and sell devices with SD card support using SD standards. The SD Association currently has more than 900 members involved in the development, design and manufacture of products that use SD standards.
In an email to Android Authority, the SD Association said that the organization is merely complying with the Department of Commerce order that put Huawei in the “Entity List” of companies that are barred from doing business with American companies.
Meanwhile, a Huawei spokesperson said that microSD cards will continue to work on its smartphones and mobile devices. The company declined to comment on whether future Huawei phones would be affected by this development.
The bad news is just one of several problems for the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer in the past few days. Huawei recently lost access to Android but was granted a 90-day reprieve. The company assures its customers that existing devices will continue to be supported, while looking at future contingency plans such as releasing its own mobile operating system and app store.