WASHINGTON Seven electronics companies announced their support Thursday (Sept. 13) for an industry specification for next-generation removable flash memory cards.
The new specification, Universal Flash Storage (UFS), is being developed by the Jedec standards group. The proposal would create an industry spec for removable memory cards and embedded memory products.
Endorsing the proposed spec are Micron Technology, Inc., Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Spansion Inc., STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The UFS standard is expected to be completed in 2009.
The companies said UFS would speed access times for flash memories, ease high-speed access to large media files and reduce power consumption in consumer devices. Users currently have a three-minute access time for a 4-gigabyte, high-definition movie. The companies said the new standard would reduce the wait to a few seconds.
"Standardization of flash-based technologies will be crucial in determining how fast storage devices will be able to fully support industry demand for higher densities and faster transmission speeds," Frankie Roohparvar, vice president of NAND development for Micron Technology, said in a statement.
Added Spansion vice president George Minassian: The proposed spec "not only provides significantly higher bandwidth, but also supports low latency accesses and is positioned to provide an essential infrastructure in future mobile devices."