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M-Systems' DiskOnChip offers Lenovo with high-capacity solution

Posted: 13 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DiskOnChip? embedded flash drive? lenovo?

M-Systems revealed that DiskOnChip is being used as the embedded flash drive (EFD) solution in three of Lenovo's latest feature phone models. By providing high-capacity, high-performance and low-cost multi-level cell (MLC) NAND-based flash storage, M-Systems' DiskOnChip supports features such as MP3 music playback, photography up to two mega pixels and 3-D gaming within Lenovo's P890, P928 and i717 products.

"M-Systems' DiskOnChip enabled us to easily integrate a high-capacity flash solution into our feature phones," said Jin Jian, director of the R&D center at Lenovo Mobile Ltd. "This allowed us to reduce our bill of materials, keep to a very tight development and testing schedule and focus on our core competencies of handset and application development," added Jian.

Within these handsets from Lenovo, DiskOnChip is connected to a mass market Texas Instruments (TI) chipset through its NOR interface and is managed by an internal MLC NAND controller and M-Systems' TrueFFS software. For high-volume voice-centric market segments, TI's three-chip TCS2100 chipset reduces BOM costs and power consumption while providing a complete platform for Class 12 GSM/GPRS handsets.

Clarence Choi, M-Systems' general manager for China, commented, "Lenovo's adoption of DiskOnChip for its mobile products is a fine example of the growing momentum that we are experiencing within China's huge multimedia-enabled feature phone segment."

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