The kit is designed to help cell phone makers integrate support for removable flash storage cards in smart mobile phones with digital cameras, games and the MP3 music capabilities, among other features.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said the kit will help designers improve voice and data functions as well as applications such as personal information management and gaming. Also, an expanded slot for a removable flash memory card with copy protection will enable data transfer to other digital devices.
SanDisk offers toolkits for both embedded and removable flash designs for different software and hardware technologies, while Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS for smart phones, the chief rival to Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone operating system.
The, as demand increases for digital cameras and notebooks with removable storage devices. Multifunction mobile phones are also driving up demand for these chips. According to IDC, accounted for 70.44 million units, or 15 percent, of global handset sales in 2003. This figure is expected to rise to 420.60 million units, or 64 percent, in 2007.
"Our goal is to offer the necessary tools that allow Symbian OS developers to quickly add removable flash storage capabilities to smart phones and bring their products to market faster," Farshid Sabet, director of OEM Wireless Computing Products Marketing at SanDisk, said in a statement.