Intel, STMicroelectronics Partner To Lower Memory Costs For Cell Phone Makers

Dec 05, 2005

STMicroelectronics and Intel Corporation today announced a common flash memory subsystem to lower development costs for handset OEMs and enable them to get to market faster with feature-rich phones.

In an effort to simplify handset memory design, the two companies will provide hardware- and software-compatible memory products based on common specifications. As a result, cell phone makers should see shorter development times and lower costs and will be able to transition quickly and cost effectively to the next-generation of NOR flash products from the two companies.

NOR flash is the memory technology of choice for the volume mainstream of the cellular-phone market segment. According to industry research firm iSuppli, 92.8 percent of the embedded flash memory shipping in handsets is NOR flash memory. Intel and ST provide more than 40 percent of the NOR flash memory in handsets today.

Today’s move to create a “second source” for leading NOR flash products and subsystems marks the first time that ST and Intel have worked together on common memory specifications. The first Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NOR products based on the common specifications are 512 Mbit devices independently designed and manufactured on industry-leading 90nm process technology. These products are now available from the two companies. The common subsystem specifications will also extend to 65nm MLC NOR technology and will focus on single-chip 1 Gb MLC NOR products.

Source: Intel

Explore further: China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Fujitsu Develops New NOR Flash Memory Macro

Mar 24, 2010

Fujitsu Microelectronics today announced the development of new flash memory macro that enables NOR flash memory circuits to achieve high-speed read operations while operating at low power currents.

Intel First With 65nm NOR Flash Memory Chips

Apr 04, 2006

Intel Corporation is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm) process technology. Intel’s NOR Flash memory chips are used in devices ...

Spansion 512Mb NOR Flash Memory Ships In Mobile Phone

Jun 13, 2005

Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu Limited, today announced that top French handset manufacturer, SAGEM, has developed the SAGEM myX-8 mobile phone using the Spansion S29GL512N Flash memory device – ...

Recommended for you

Taxi app Uber defies ban in Spain

8 hours ago

Smartphone car-ride service Uber vowed Friday to keep operating in Spain despite a ban following a lawsuit by taxi drivers and said it would fight the case in court.

Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

16 hours ago

Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony ...

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

Dec 25, 2014

Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.