SUNNYVALE, Calif.--SanDisk Corp. rolled out what the company claims is the world's smallest removable flash memory storage format technology, based on its NAND technology. At the same time, Motorola Inc. has endorsed the company's module-based technology for its cell phones.
Approximately the size of a fingernail, SanDisk's so-called T-Flash technology is a module for use in mobile phones. T-Flash uses advanced packaging technology and SanDisk's latest NAND multi-level cell flash memory and controller technologies.
This technology is employed in SanDisk's miniSD and TriFlash products, said Eli Harari, president and CEO of SanDisk.
"We are particularly gratified by the very important endorsement and support that we have received from Motorola, our first major announced customer for T-Flash," he said in a statement. "We plan to accelerate our T-Flash design-in activities with other leading handset manufacturers globally, to make T-Flash a de facto standard for transportable flash storage in multimedia cell phones."
T-Flash is designed to store personal content such as digital images, MP3 music files, video games and other applications, phone settings and personal data. Due to its very small size and substantial storage capacity, it is likely to remain in the handset for extended periods; however, it can easily be removed and inserted into another phone when consumers want to upgrade their phones.
SanDisk has started sampling T-Flash to OEM customers. Volume production is expected to commence in the second quarter. Pricing ranges from $14 to $39 for capacities that range from 32- to 128-megabits.