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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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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.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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