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ST licenses Samsung's OneNAND

Posted: 26 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd? STMicroelectronics? Flash? OneNAND?

STMicroelectronics (ST) has licensed OneNAND, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd's most advanced Flash memory to date, to help meet rising demand in various applications including the mobile segment.

According to the agreement, ST will support Samsung's OneNAND starting early 2007.

"Samsung welcomes STMicroelectronics' decision to support the projected strong continued growth of the world's highest performing Flash memory," said Yun-Ho Choi, senior vice president of Samsung's semiconductor business' flash solution team. "As a result of STMicroelectronics' licensing move, handset and other platform designers can more easily specify OneNAND in an expanding range of mobile applications."

According to Samsung, OneNAND features NAND core with SRAM and logic elements to emulate a NOR flash interface. Additionally, it has a sustained data 'read' speed of 108MBps, which is four times faster than conventional NAND flash memory, and a 'write' speed of 10MBps, which is over 46 times faster than multi-level-cell NOR. The fast read and write speeds can provide significant performance enhancements in boot-time and application launch-time in mobile handsets and non-volatile cache for PC applications.

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