SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here today rolled out a new device with integrated flash and SRAM on the same chip as part of its entry into the application-specific memory business.
"The development of our ComboMemory family is a very natural progression for the company and underscores SST's commitment to our customers' needs with products that deliver value-added solutions," said Bing Yeh, president and CEO of the Sunnyvale-based company. "The mobile communications and portable consumer electronics markets more and more are requiring both data and code storage within a small footprint. "
The first ComboMemory products include the SST31LH041 with 4 megabits of flash and 1 Mbit of SRAM and the 31LH021 with 2 Mbit of flash memory and 1 Mbit of SRAM. SST also announced multi-chip package product, called the 32LH802, combining 8 Mbit of flash memory and 2 Mbit of SRAM.
Among the applications being targeted by SST for ComboMemory products are pagers, cell phones, and other mobile communication devices as well as portable games, toys, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, handheld point-of-sale terminals, digital still cameras, camcoders, and fax/modems.
Nonvolatile memory analyst Alan Niebel at Semico Research Corp. in Phoenix estimates that about 10-15% of the industry's pagers, set-top boxes and cellular phones today are configured to use a combination of flash and SRAM devices. He sees the potential for strong growth in integrated flash/SRAM memories because of savings in power consumption, cost and space.
Samples of the 31LH021 device (2-Mbit flash/1-Mbit SRAM) will become available in October. Volume deliveries will begin in November with devices costing $3.99 each for quantities of 100,000. The 31LH041 (4-Mbit flash/1-Mbit SRAM) will cost $4.50 each in 100,000-piece quantities.