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Samsung develops 1GB micro memory card

Posted: 14 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has developed a micro memory card, designated 1GB MMCmicro, with a 1GB density and reportedly the fastest writing and reading speed.

Designed for cellphones, digital cameras and MP3 players, the card writes at 7.12MBps, 3.5 times as fast as other micro cards. It reads at 7.38MBps, compared with 7.10MBps for existing products, Samsung reported.

"The card is large enough to store 15hrs of mobile video and fast enough to download 90mins of video in less than 2mins," said Don Barnetson, associate director of flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor USA.

The card operates on 1.8V or 3.3V, with the lower voltage version consuming 82 percent less power than other micro-size cards, said Samsung. An adapter allows the card to plug into any multimedia card slot.

Housing four NAND flash memories and a controller, the card measures 12-by-14-by-1.1mm. It will be available the third quarter.

Semiconductor research firm Dataquest expects the global market for micro memory cards to grow at an 81 percent compound annual growth rate between 2005 and 2010, from 4 million to 77 million units.

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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