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Samsung boost internal memory storage to 4GB

Samsung is no stranger to flash memory technology and the company has announced numerous advances over the past year. Today, the company announced that it has developed a new 4GB multi-chip package (MCP) destined for mobile phones.

"We’ve now perfected a memory chip that allows handset manufacturers to significantly reduce development time while deploying an extremely robust design that will result in higher performance for smaller phones, with higher storage capacities," said Samsung's Jim Elliott.

Since its hip to put a brand on new products, Samsung call its new chip package "moviMCP" and the NAND flash memory included within the package is referred to as "moviNAND".

The moviMCP uses an eMMC interface which allows easy integration into mobile phone platforms. Also, Samsung reckons that mobile phone manufacturers can save money and complexity by not including an external SD, miniSD or microSD slot for memory expansion due to the inclusion of 4GB of storage onboard.

Samsung is currently sampling its moviNAND and expects to ship 392 million units by the end of the year.

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I *like* memory slots...
By therealnickdanger on 5/30/2007 11:08:12 AM , Rating: 5
I'm all for phones having greater memory capacity, but I would rather have a phone with minimal integrated memory that I can choose to expand upon and then swap to another phone whenever I feel like. I wish every phone manufacturer would stick to the same standard so that you could freely take your content (contacts, pictures, MP3s, etc.) to any other phone.

I also wish that I could magically conjure $100 bills to appear in my wallet.

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By Brandon Hill on 5/30/2007 11:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
If you manage to figure out that last one, give me a ring.

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By Omega215D on 5/30/2007 2:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
You would want to run GSM based phones then. The SIM card stores all your contacts while a separate T-Flash or whatever is used as extra storage. Of course it would be really convenient to have it all on one card... maybe a SIM with some more memory?

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By akugami on 5/30/2007 2:59:42 PM , Rating: 3
I was thinking the same thing, rather than making all types of phones with different sized memories that are then thrown away (barring the small percentage that is recycled, why don't we make a larger chip module that comprises not only the function of the traditional sim cards but also incorporates memory, be it volatile or non volatile.

This way phone costs can be reduced, though sim modules would obviously cost much more. Make a backup of your sim module to your pc and you know you have all pictures, contact info, etc. etc. saved in case you lose your phone. Upgrading a phone is a snap as you know you've got all your important data and apps in the sim module and assuming the phones are from the same company, you know it'll already be configured to work pretty much the way you want. Obviously there will still be incompatibilities between apps used when switching between linux phones, windows phones and symbian phones.

To increase compatibility, we would also need a standardized way to store some common information such as contacts and phone books but that is really a minor matter. Such a sim module would require industry wide agreement as to a standard, much like today's sim cards, though sim cards are then encrypted for individual provider usage such as sprint, at&t, verizon, etc. Considering there are 8GB (and soon 16GB, supposedly) SDHC cards, there isn't any reason why something slightly larger than the size of current sd cards incorporating 16GB (or smaller and larger for lower cost sim modules and those wishing/needing more space) that would be able to house pretty much any information one needs, be it movies and pictures shot with the camera phones, backup storage for things like power point presentations, etc. etc.

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By zsouthboy on 5/30/2007 4:39:59 PM , Rating: 3

Like our cell providers in the US would allow.. ANY of that crap.

If you're able to move around your data at will, how are you going to pay them to move it for you?

Farking jerks.

By The Boston Dangler on 5/30/2007 10:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
that's reason number one why i just dumped vzw. i went to t-mobile and picked up a swanky sim-equiped KRZR K1 and a better service plan. there's no way i'm paying those farking jerks everytime i want to load a ringtone, move a pic off the phone to pc, et cetera.


RE: I *like* memory slots...
By dnd728 on 5/30/2007 5:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
why don't we make a larger chip module that comprises not only the function of the traditional sim cards but also incorporates memory

Or just make it the same size as a SIM and call it MegaSIM.

Then SanDisk can buy that company...;)

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By dnd728 on 5/30/2007 5:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously forcing Samsung to come up with a new strategy.

RE: I *like* memory slots...
By afkrotch on 5/30/2007 9:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
Or they can keep the greater internal memory capacity and where the SD, MiniSD, etc reader, they can put an 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless connection and provide firmware that will allow you to easily transfer all your data from one phone to the other.

Not only that, you would have tons of new features that can be implemented onto the phone. Ability to surf the web in hotspots, instead of having to pay to use their whatever cellphone service (mine uses iMode - NTT Docomo phone).

Transfer pictures, music, etc with friends with ease.

Wirelessly connect to other devices, maybe even provide cool features. Like connecting to your PS3/Xbox 360 and pulling down small cellphone games, that can be sold on their respective marketplaces.

LocationFree TV. Anything you can think of. Hell of a lot better than just having a memory card slot of some kind.

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