Samsung Ships Samples of New NAND Flash

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-09-05 Print this article Print

The company's MoviNAND combines flash memory, a multimedia card controller and firmware in 1GB and 2GB packages, useful for MP3 players and cell phones.

Samsungs semiconductor division announced Sept. 5 that it is shipping 1GB and 2GB samples of MoviNAND—an embedded combination of NAND flash memory, a multimedia card controller and onboard firmware—to some of its mobile-product OEMs. "MoviNAND solves a dilemma faced by many of our mobile customers: how to put a large amount of NAND flash in a small space behind a standardized, high-speed serial interface," said Don Barnetson, Samsungs director of flash marketing. MoviNAND satisfies all of the major architectural concerns of mobile device designers with its high speed, high capacity and extremely small form factor, Barnetson said.
MoviNAND is smaller than most competing devices being marketed and takes advantage of its high-performance multimedia card interface to provide the mobile data processing possible at 52MB per second.
Flash-based laptops, or "flashtops," are gaining popularity. Click here to read more. As an embedded memory card, Samsungs MoviNAND makes it unnecessary to have an external memory card slot in mobile devices. Another option is to use the embedded flash with a removable MMC card to provide a virtually unlimited amount of storage capacity, Barnetson said. "As consumers look for increasing volumes of embedded storage in MP3 players and media-player cell phones, products that offer large NAND capacity while simplifying NAND interfaces will see a significant increase in demand," said Jim Handy, director of Nonvolatile Memory Services at Semico Research, in Phoenix. Semico sees a large potential market for devices such as MoviNAND, a market it estimates will grow as large as $4 billion worldwide by 2010, Handy said. Samsung means business with its ultramobile PC. Read more here. MoviNAND was devised through cooperative work of Samsungs memory division and its System LSI division. A Samsung spokesperson said mass production of MoviNAND in 1GB and 2GB densities starts in September. The company, based in Seoul, South Korea, will further add 512MB and 4GB densities by the end of 2006, the spokesperson said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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