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Imagine mobile phones with 8GB of memory

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.

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Bad title
By Oregonian2 on 3/12/2007 1:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Article is missnamed. It's the release of 2-GB flash. The 8G is for four chips. They could have titled it 100Gb and the article say that 50 chips are used. Size of the individual die is that of interest, not how many one can use. IMO.

RE: Bad title
By JackPack on 3/12/2007 3:55:47 PM , Rating: 2
It seems to be four dice integrated into a single package along with an MMC controller. It's the size of a single NAND memory chip. Seems impressive to me.

RE: Bad title
By Oregonian2 on 3/12/2007 6:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it's good stuff. It's only the article that has the minor problem. If they'd add "Module" at the end of the title, it'd be fine. Being able to put multiple die into what amounts to a hybrid module isn't overly impressive technology-wise, not nearly as impressive as using a single 8GB die which I would infer from the article's title. I like what the mfgr did, just have a minor thing with the writer of the article's title. :-)

RE: Bad title
By crystal clear on 3/13/2007 2:59:39 AM , Rating: 1
Here is the original version-

12, Mar, 2007 / SEC)

SAMSUNG Now Sampling Industry's Highest-Density Embedded Memory Card Solution

RE: Bad title
By Oregonian2 on 3/13/2007 5:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
Good link. Yes, it seems the guilty party for misusing terms is the writer of that press release. I'm sure they'll plead translation errors. :-)

Need 80GB Drive
By xzourska on 3/12/2007 10:24:49 AM , Rating: 2
They need to make an 80GB drive with this NAND and place them in parrallel so that it will staturate the full 300MB/s bus of SATA II. But even 48GB drive would be good. 52MB/s*6 = GOOD.

RE: Need 80GB Drive
By soydios on 3/12/2007 12:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
really expensive...but really fast

RE: Need 80GB Drive
By Mudvillager on 3/12/2007 4:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
Mmm just the thought of a NAND drive taking full advantage of the SATA II bus makes me wet my pants :P

I want my 8GB T9 / K5 now!
By Omega215D on 3/12/2007 8:43:05 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this news will shorten the time it takes for the 8GB versions of those MP3 players to get to the market. So far my Sansa isn't cutting it in the sound department.

By crystal clear on 3/13/2007 3:04:01 AM , Rating: 1
This is important for the ordinary user-


"In addition, it can also be used with removable media cards to permit virtually unlimited memory expansion."

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