A Taiwanese flash card maker said that it will take the wraps off a new flash memory architecture this March at the CeBit IT exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
Although few details are available, the architecture's backer-C-One Technology, which sells cards under the Pretec brand name-claims the memory architecture will enable cards that are 66 percent smaller than the reduced-size MMC or mini-SD cards now entering the market.
The new memory is called Mμ-Flash. The architecture is related to work by a consortium of Taiwanese companies for a new flash card format, dubbed Mμ-Card. That format is compatible at lower data transfer speeds with the popular Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard formats already in the market, but it offers a speed twice that of USB 2.0 at a lower price, backers said.
C-One's Mμ-Flash supports full-function specifications of MMC versions 3.x and 4.x, with newly proposed mechanical form factors of a 20-pin removable card (12 x 17 x 1 mm) and optional 48-pin lead-frame package for embedded modules, according to the company.
Mμ-Flash can support MMC 4.x + USB + Smart Card mode or support Mμ-Card with a maximum transfer speed of 120 Mbytes/second. C-One said it will seek to make the proprietary technology an open standard, in hopes that it will quickly spread.