Samsung Electronics announced today that it is sampling eight
gigabyte memory chips, the highest density embedded flash memory developed to
date, to major mobile electronics manufacturers.
Samsung’s high-density moviNAND memory solution consists of
four 50-nanometer, 16Gigabit NAND flash memories, a high-speed MultiMediaCard
(MMC) controller and associated firmware. While providing twice the capacity
and provides double the performance of the 4GB version, Samsung claims its
moviNAND is 10-20 percent smaller than other flash-based embedded memory card
solutions and is able to process data at 52 megabytes per second.
Because moviNAND allows NAND flash to be accessed through a
standardized MMC interface, manufacturers who use the new memory solution can
develop mobile phones more quickly and at less cost than with raw MLC NAND
components soldered into a handset. Samsung is aiming moviNAND as a storage
solution for music phones and personal GPS navigation devices.
Samsung plans to begin mass producing its 8GB moviNAND at the
end of this year.