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Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 1:41 PM
Subject: Internet and Technology News Samsung Readies 32GB Memory Cards



Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service Mon Sep 12,10:00 AM ET Samsung Electronics
has announced
a new flash memory chip that should pave the way for removable memory cards
that
can hold up to 32GB of data.
Samsung's 16-gigabit NAND flash memory chip, which is slated to enter
commercial
production during the second half of next year, will be manufactured using a
50-nanometer
production process, company representatives said. The new chip will allow
memory-card
makers to design cards with a capacity of 32GB by putting 16 of these chips
into
a single card.
To put that into perspective, a 32GB memory card would be able to store 8000
MP3
audio files or 20 DVD-quality movies in a handheld device such as a mobile
phone,
according to Samsung.
However, no memory-card makers have so far committed to producing 32GB
memory cards
based on the new chip.
"We just announced this chip and we don't have any specific customers yet,"
said
Suyeon Chae, a spokesperson for Samsung in Seoul. Storage Capacity Jumps
At present, most removable memory cards come in capacities up to several
gigabytes.
For example, Pretec Electronics, a subsidiary of Taiwan's C-One Technology,
began
offering cards with a 4GB capacity last month. It claimed it was the first
company
to sell an SD card with that much capacity.
In addition, the SD Card Association, an industry group established to
promote the
card format, has said SD cards with a capacity of 8GB are in the pipeline,
but it
has not said when they will be available.
Samsung hopes to see flash memory become more widely used as a storage
medium, including
as a in some notebook computers. To this end, it earlier this year to
introduce a
flash-based replacement for hard drives. Called solid-state disks (SSDs),
these hard
drive replacements will initially be available in capacities up to 16GB,
according
to the company.




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