Micron has introduced a new flash-memory technology specifically designed for mobile electronics. The product, called Managed NAND, combines flash memory with a high-speed multimedia card (MMC) controller.
NAND flash has become popular for mobile phones, portable media players, and even laptops, in large part because the technology provides for increased battery life and more durable storage. Because flash drives have no moving parts, they can avoid the kind of mechanical failures that can plague traditional disk drives.
"Our Managed NAND system has the memory density to support all the functions on smartphones, or digital music players, and uses a high-speed, technology-independent interface, which means manufacturers don't need to worry about changing the software in their products," said Any Lynn, a spokesperson for Micron.
Micron's Managed NAND, a competitor to Samsung's OneNAND, means that mobile phones will need less power to access and store multimedia content, said IDC analyst Flint Pulskamp. It's no secret that consumers want more functions and better battery life on these devices, which is what NAND flash can deliver."
The new NAND devices, which Micron claims will be able to handle data transfer rates of up to 52 MB/sec, will be available to manufacturers in densities starting at 1 GB. Mass production is expected to start in 2007.