Numonyx, Hynix Strike Memory Development Deal
Numonyx and Hynix, which both make NAND flash memory, sign a five-year joint development agreement to develop memory and storage technology for a range of mobile devices, such as cell phones, as well as develop new technology for solid state drives (SSDs). Intel spun off Numonyx earlier this year.Numonyx and Hynix are teaming up to develop new types of NAND flash memory technology for use in a wide range of mobile products and wireless devices, such as cell phones. The two companies announced the five-year pact Aug. 6, and the agreement calls for Numonyx, a new company formed earlier this year when Intel spun off its NOR memory business, and Hynix to share the financial and research burden of developing new types NAND flash memory, which is used in a range of devices, such as SSDs (solid state drives).
In addition to NAND technology, the two companies plan to enhance the mobile DRAM (dynamic RAM) used in cell phones. Numonyx and Hynix already have a manufacturing facility in China that is developing mobile DRAM on a 300-millimeter manufacturing process that will create new type of low-power memory chips for use in cell phones and other mobile devices. Other mobile devices that could use these memory chips include the types of MIDs, or mobile Internet devices, that Intel and Nvidia each are trying to develop with OEM partners.