In a joint project with Toshiba
, Samsung Electronics
has developed a
super-small flash memory card that is one-third the size of a
credit card for use in portable multimedia products.
The Solid-State Floppy-Disk Card (SSFDC) employs a flash memory chip
embedded in a plastic card that has a memory capacity of 1MB to 8MB and can read
data ten times faster than conventional devices. Small, light, and
inexpensive to produce, the new memory card will be used
in consumer electronics products such as digital cameras, handheld
communications devices, voice recorders, and games.
Samsung officials say they plan to begin mass production of the 2MB SSFDC at
the end of this year and are working on 1MB, 4MB, and 8MB versions.
The Samsung/Toshiba project is just one of several alliances formed to
produce flash memory devices. Others include Hitachi and Mitsubishi, as well as an alliance of Sharp and Intel announced in April to develop the
Smartvoltage family of flash memory chips.
to create memory in a flash