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Intel announces volume shipments of 65nm NOR flash IC

Posted: 13 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NOR flash? Intel Corp.? 65nm? MPEG-4? Multi-Level Cell?

Intel Corp. announced during last week's Intel Developer Forum in South Korea what it touts as the industry's first volume shipments of 65nm NOR flash Multi-Level Cell (MLC) chips, including a 65nm,1Gbit monolithic part for cellphones.

The new products are based on Intel's StrataFlash Cellular Memory (M18) architecture and are drop-in compatible with the company's high-volume, 90nm-based flash chips, ensuring cellular OEMs of easy migration.

"The density of our 1Gbit product provides nearly double the storage for multimedia files and enables ever-slimmer form factor phones, both key elements for our customers," said Darin Billerbeck, vice president and general manager of Intel Flash Products Group.

Intel also disclosed its 65nm roadmap to support 512-, 256- and 128Mbit densities of the M18 product family next year.

The 65nm NOR MLC packs to 133MHz read speed as well as up to 1.0MBps write speedtwice as fast as Intel's previous productfor faster response times and storage capabilities for 4Mpixel cameras and MPEG-4 video. The chip also has extended battery life.

"The Intel StrataFlash Cellular Memory (M18) architecture provided Sony Ericsson with a simple migration path from 90nm to 65nm products, which resulted in faster time-to-market for our next generation of phones," said Peter Carlsson, vice president and head of sourcing at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communication, in a statement.

This new product family is based on ongoing cellular memory architecture collaboration between Intel and STMicroelectronics. Meanwhile, Intel continues to work closely with cellular companies for the adoption of the new product.

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