Samsung ships 8GB flash memory for mobiles

Electronics giant unveils new flash memory for phones that can store 2,000 songs or map data for Western hemisphere.

Samsung is shipping samples of its high-density moviNAND memory to the major handset manufacturers. The technology will help satisfy the data demands of increasingly powerful mobile devices, such as music phones and navigation systems.

It described the 8GB memory chips as the highest density embedded flash memory developed to date. According to Samsung, the chips can store up to 2,000 songs or "enough map data to implement global positioning system (GPS) and points of interest for the entire western world". The moviNAND memory can also be used with removable media cards.

The chips consists of four 50nm, 16Gb NAND flash memories, a high-speed MultiMediaCard (MMC) controller, which processes data at 52MB per second, and associated firmware, said the South Korean electronics giant.

Mass production of 8GB moviNAND is scheduled for the spring of 2007. Its existing moviNAND memory comes in 512MB capacities.

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