OTTAWA -- Market research firm Semiconductor Insights (SI) today (July 23) confirmed earlier reports that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is shipping NOR-based flash memories to cellular-phone giant Nokia Group.
Reports about Samsung's NOR-based flash efforts with Nokia have been circulating for weeks ( see Heard on the Beat, June 12 story ).
"Our analysis confirms industry rumors and speculation that Samsung is quietly shipping NOR-based flash to Nokia for cell phone applications", said Derek Nuhn, chief operating officer of Ottawa-based Semiconductor Insights, in a statement. "This discovery promises to heat up the flash memory market, particularly among Nokia's major suppliers including Intel. Semiconductor Insights' technical analyses puts Samsung and Intel in a dead heat for flash technical superiority," he said.
Semiconductor Insights identified a Samsung 128-Mbit NOR flash, with part number K8S28158UTM on a Nokia smart phone. The Samsung part is a 1.8-Volt technology, 128-Mbit device, based on 0.13-micron technology.
This makes the Samsung part equivalent in manufacturing technology and density to Intel Corp.'s 28F128W18 flash part. "The closest direct comparison Intel NOR flash part that SI has located and analyzed was only 64Mb and manufactured in 0.18-micron process," according to the report. "As well, the flash cell size of the Samsung part was considerably smaller than that of Intel flash devices manufactured in Intel's ETOX VIII 0.13-micron process that SI has analyzed."